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!
We all know Robin Hood, don’t we? The righteous here that steals from the rich to give to the poor?
Well, what if we didn’t? What if there was something else behind that facade, a dark secret perhaps?
For our third production, we recast the Robin Hood story under a different light, in a contemporary retelling by librettists Zoe Palmer and Rebecca Hurst that re-thought his struggles and motivations. Set to beautiful music by up-and-coming composer Dani Howard, and in a multi-floor production directed by Polly Graham, this production breathed new life into a familiar story by bringing out a side of Robin Hood and the characters around him that is deeper than what we see in the old tales.
Read more about it in the words of the creative team in our blog!