V&A Opera Residents to stage new Salome performance on Friday 19 January


Soprano Philippa Boyle

Our Opera Residents have been working with composer Oliver Brignall, soprano Philippa Boyle and costume designer Jean Chan to create a new performance inspired by the character of Salome in Richard Strauss’s Opera. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them on the opening night of the upcoming V&A Opera Weekender on Friday 19 January! You are also warmly invited to attend their open studios and see them as they rehearse on the same day between 13.00 and 16.00.

Salomé is a 15 minute aria from Poppy Burton-Morgan and Oliver Brignall’s Roles, a new opera written in response to the V&A’s exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. In Salomé, Burton-Morgan and Brignall’s give Salomé from Richard Strauss’s opera the chance to tell her own story, and consider the role she was forced into.

The opera Roles is being written during Metta Theatre’s residency as a modular piece – five stand-alone arias followed by an ensemble scene. Individual modules are being presented throughout the residency, which will culminate with the staging of the complete Opera on Friday 23 March.

Performed by Philippa Boyle, with costume design by Jean Chan.

Times and locations of performances during the V&A Opera Weekender: Friday 19 January

17.30, The Globe, Room 4 of the Europe 1600-1815 galleries

19.00, Bottom of National Art Library Staircase

20.00, Bottom of National Art Library Staircase

Free, drop in

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