OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL
PROGRAMME

Venue:
Bridewell Theatre, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Mozart & Salieri / Zanetto 
1st, 3rd & 4th August 2017, 7.30pm
Part of Time Zone Theatre's 'Fin de Siècle project, which shows new and innovative stagings of works composed around 1900.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's two-hander opera Mozart & Salieri follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent.

Time Zone Theatre's production is currently touring in England in Denmark. It premiered last year in London and played in various venues including the Arcola Theatre, and was finalist for an Off-West-End award in the category 'Best Opera Production 2016'. 

The second half of the evening will show a new production of Pietro Mascagni's  opera Zanetto, which tells about the encounter of rich curtesan Silvia, who has forsworn love, and young, wandering poet Zanetto. 

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A Florentine Tragedy 
7th, 9th and 10th August, 7.30pm
Part of Time Zone Theatre's 'Fin de Siècle project, which shows new and innovative stagings of works composed around 1900.

The opera by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky is a psychological thriller which involves an erotic triangle of a woman, her husband and her lover. Their explosive encounter soon becomes a cat-and-mouse game, and when the tension erupts into violence, there can only be one winner.
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Lanza 
2nd & 5th August 2017, 7.30pm
LANZA charts the life of sensational 1950’s singer and movie star, Mario Lanza. Andrew Bain's opera-musical is more than a tribute show, he comes alive to set the record straight, weaving together personal reminiscence and song. In a hospital room in Rome, inspired by a scratchy Caruso record, Lanza’s life flashes before him. He is tended by his nurse; who comes to embody all the women in his life.

Including operatic highlights and lighter classics, the drama examines the nature of fame and asks why a man, who seemingly has the world at his feet, spirals out of control.
 
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Even you, lights, cannot hear me /
Nero Monologues 
8th, 11th and 12th August, 7.30pm
A double-bill of two new and experimental works.

Even you, lights, cannot hear me is a new operatic spectacle composed by Simone Spagnolo, based on a monologue by Anton Chekov's The Seagull. The piece merges the elements of operatic singing, camber music and performance art installation, allowing the audience to experience new music theatre through a non-traditional setting and trans-disciplinary narrative. 
  
Sarah Toth's multi-art form pastiche chamber opera, Nero Monologues, journeys the inner workings of the first-century emperor of Rome during his final hour. Music by Monteverdi, Handel, Kurtág, Copland, and Peter James Learn is layered with poetry by celebrated Australian poet Geoffrey Lehmann to structure this theatrical operatic piece for singer and dancer, accompanied by piano and string quartet.
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