Pandora's Box

Some stories are better kept secret…
Our next opera retells the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box in an exciting new opera with music by Alex Woolf, and a libretto by Dominic Kimberlin (who we are happy to work with again after his wonderful Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs two years ago.)

Follow the story of these five friends who are about to learn they did not know each other so well after all. Secrets don’t stay secrets for long!
Mark your diaries: March 25, 28, 29, 31 and April 3 and 4, at the Bussey Building in Peckham.

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About Us

We believe that opera is an immensely rich art form that remains relevant to today’s world, and are committed to maintaining its vitality by contributing to the renewal and expansion of the repertory.
To do this, we commission new and exciting work from up-and-coming composers, that we produce and perform with a new generation of opera talent in site-specific productions in intimate and unusual venues around Peckham.

Our first production, Snow, presented the work of three composers using the three floors of The Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory. For the second one, we took over the Copeland Gallery to present a new production that combined the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and showed them under new light. For our third year, we returned to the Bussey Building with a new multi-floor production retelling the story of Robin Hood.
We invite you to follow us on this journey, and re-discover these stories that you thought you knew well, re-told through the language of opera!

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Our Team

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Alex is only 24, but from the first time we heard his music we were very impressed by the maturity and confidence of his musical language. This will be his first opera, but he has already composed vocal and choral pieces of great quality, including for tenor Nicky Spence, and has received commissions from BBC Radio, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Society and Aldeburgh Music, amongst others.

Alex Woolf

Composer

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Dominic returns to work with us after having written the libretto of our second opera, Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs. It was a pleasure working with him and all of us and the audience appreciated the style of his writing, contemporary yet deep and full of a dark humour that we think fits very well the subject matter for this production.

Dominic Kimberlin

Librettist

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Aylin won the WhatsOnStage Best Newcomer to the UK Operatic Scene award in 2014. Her previous experience in opera includes work with Grimeborn Festival, Bury Court Opera and Opera Holland Park, as well as in her native Turkey, Germany and in Albania.

Aylin Bozok

Director / Sets and costumes design

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Lee’s experience in opera includes notably having already conducted a World Premiere, at Glyndebourne. In the UK, he has conducted and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other opera credits include work in the Netherlands and Spain.

Lee Reynolds

Conductor

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Alice sang the title roles in our first two seasons (Snow and Goldilocks
and the Three Little Pigs), and we are great admirers of her talent.
Her other work in opera includes appearances with Aldeburgh Festival,
Longborough Festival Opera, Pop Up Opera and Independent Opera.
Alice is a bursary of Opera Prelude and the International Opera
Awards Foundation.

Alice Privett

Clem (Soprano)

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Nic gave an outstanding performance when he was part of the cast of our second season, singing Daddy Bear-Pig. His career has really taken off in these past couple of seasons, including main and title roles in Opera Holland Park, English National Opera, The Grange Festival, Scottish Opera and New Zealand Opera, so we are very excited to have him with us for a second time.

Nicholas Lester

Marco (Baritone)

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Ed is an alumnus from the National Opera Study, the Royal Academy
of Music and Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme. His most
recent opera work includes roles with Nevill Holt Opera, Waterperry
Opera, Glyndebourne and Grimeborn, and he will also be part of
another world premiere in the 2020 season of Grange Festival.

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Julian (Baritone)

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Emma graduated with distinction from the Guildhall Opera Course in
2015, was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne and completed
two seasons with Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist. Recent opera
appearances include Glyndebourne Festival and Tour and ENO.

Emma Kerr

Fran (Mezzo-soprano)

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This will be Anthony’s first time working with us, but we have greatly
enjoyed his work with companies like Opera della Luna, Grimeborn
and ENO (where he is covering the title role later this season).

Anthony Flaum

Paxton (Tenor)

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Artistic Director Hamish comes from the performance side of opera. His main goal in co-founding The Opera Story is to contribute to ensuring the future of opera, by commissioning new works to be written and performed.

Hamish Mackay

Artistic Director

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Executive Director and co-founder Manuel has a professional career in the financial services industry, and is now applying his expertise to the administration of the company and to securing resources for its stable funding.

Manuel Fajardo

Executive Director

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Henrietta is deputy editor of Opera magazine and is a writer, editor, producer and late-onset mezzo-soprano. She has published articles in The SpectatorThe Guardian and The Telegraph, in theatre and opera programmes, and has devised narrated song recitals that have been performed at festivals throughout the UK.

Henrietta Bredin

Trustee

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Pierre is a Trustee of The Opera Story, and is the founder and owner of Re-Up , a Marketing & Advertising Company.

Pierre Humeau

Trustee

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Antony is a Trustee of The Opera Story. An economist and consultant, his career has been in management consulting in the UK and Asia and he is currently doing a PhD in Musicology.

Antony Feeny

Trustee

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Leigh, “the emergent specialist of 20th-century opera” (Financial Times), has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works and dramatic 20th century repertoire.

Leigh Melrose

Trustee

The Venue

CLF Art Café The Bussey Building

133 Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

We are delighted to return to the CLF Art Café / Bussey Building in Peckham, where we performed our sold-out productions Snow in 2017 and Robin Hood in 2019. This live performance and clubbing complex corresponds very well to what we want to achieve with our productions, which is to allow you to feel the magic of opera as close as possible, and to break the distance between the performers and the public. Our production used two floors of the building, each of them representing part of the universe that the characters in our opera inhabit.

The Venue

CLF Art Café The Bussey Building

133 Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

We are delighted to return to the CLF Art Café / Bussey Building in Peckham, where we performed our sold-out productions Snow in 2017 and Robin Hood in 2019. This live performance and clubbing complex corresponds very well to what we want to achieve with our productions, which is to allow you to feel the magic of opera as close as possible, and to break the distance between the performers and the public. Our production used two floors of the building, each of them representing part of the universe that the characters in our opera inhabit.

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