This week at London's Arts Theatre there's an intriguing initiative aimed at boosting new writing in opera, and it's already under way. From November 6th (last Friday) to 13th (next Friday) the Helios Collective is running a series of Formations masterclasses.
The formations in question are three new opera commissions, and the classes are led by, among others, composer Robert Saxton, conductors David Parry and Stephen Barlow, and directors Stephen Unwin and the artistic director of the Royal Opera, Kasper Holten. Since ‘formation' is also the French word for training, the objective is clear: these are page-to-stage masterclasses.
Founded in 2012 by Ella Marchment, the Helios Collective was formed in order to foster and promote new opera productions, and to nurture burgeoning talent.
The three short operas under the public microscope this week are:
Following the week of masterclasses with audience participation, all three works will be performed at the Arts Theatre on Friday 13 November at 2.00 pm. Tickets for that, and full details of the week's daily workshops, are available from the Arts Theatre.
- Arts Theatre
- Royal Opera
- Kasper Holten
- Daniel Chappell
- Ella Marchment
- Gillian Pencavel
- Martin Kratz
- Leo Geyer
- Solfa Carlisle
- Helios Collective
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