We believe that opera is an 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.
We invite you to follow us on this journey, and re-discover these stories that thought you knew well, re-told through the language of opera!
What do Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs have in common? More than you think! Our second production looked at the common themes running through these two tales, intertwining the stories in a way that will challenge what you thought about these characters, their motivations and back stories… Visit our blog to learn more about how it took shape, in the words of its creative team!
Latest review for Goldilocks, from Planet Hugill: "This was a wonderfully confident piece of music theatre, certainly nothing like any contemporary opera which I have recently experienced. It showed that music which is approachable and tonal can take drama into intriguing directions with a result which was an evening of thrilling theatre." Only two performances left (March 6 and 8): act fast before you run out of chances to see it! (www.theoperastory.com/tickets) http://www.planethugill.com/2018/03/goldilocks-translated-opera-storys.html
Fantastic review of The Opera Story's Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs in The Guardian: "a swinish pearl of an opera", with a "phenomenal" orchestra led by Paul Wingfield. Great score by Vahan Salorian ("Extraordinary that with only 10 musicians there should be such orchestral richness") and Dominic Kimberlin's "fresh libretto". Featuring Pedro Ribeiro's "playful designs", a "superlative" Alice Privett, "tremendous" Nicholas Lester, the "powerful voice" of Carolyn Dobbin and a Daniel Keating-Roberts that "more than brings home the bacon". BRAVI to all! Check out Page 40 in the paper edition, or follow the link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/04/goldilocks-and-the-three-little-pigs-the-marriage-of-figaro-review Still two chances to catch this great new opera, on Tuesday and Thursday! www.theoperastory.com/tickets
Vahan’s work includes commissions for the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Stage 84, the BBC, as well as a new score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Milton Court Theatre.
Most recently, he completed a commission for the Worshipful Company of Skinner’s 700th Anniversary, staged in collaboration with the celebrated director Annabel Arden and workshOPERA. His “truly genre-breaking”, British New Music Theatre Award-nominated work, Boys of Paradise, received its third revival at EGG London last October in collaboration with Tete a Tete, after winning an Arts Council England grant award. This year has seen commissions for works from Settle Orchestra, for their 70th Anniversary concert and a pop-up opera for the Tête à Tête opera festival.
Pedro holds degrees in Stage Direction and Acting from the School of Music and Performing Arts of the University of Porto (ESMAE) with honours. He has also completed the Harp Course at Porto Music Conservatory with honours and the Opera Stage Directing Course of the CalousteGulbenkian Foundation.
He joined the Royal Opera House young artists programme and made his Royal Opera House directing début with Berlioz’s Les Nuitsd’été, followed by Mozart & Salieri in the Linbury Theatre. After finishing his contract with the ROH he was invited to come back to direct Montsalvagte’s El Gato con Botas in the Linbury Theatre.
Future engagements include: a new opera Lab “Orpheo” for CalousteGulbenkian Foundation & ENOA, the residency “Landscape of new music theatre and opera” for LOD muziektheater (Ghent) and La Monnaie (Brussels), Belgium; the new Thomas Guthrie production of “Die Zauberflöte” for the Longborough Festival Opera, Movement & Acting coach for the North Sea Vocal Academy in Denmark, working on the revivals of “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto” at the ROH, Covent Garden and “A Caminho” a new musical in Lisbon.
Director and Designer
Clancy Flynn is a theatre designer and production electrician based in London. A New York native, she studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin before coming to the UK. Her work often blurs the lines between production, video and lighting design, reflecting a passion for technology as art. Recent work for theatre includes the UK and Australian tour of Trainspotting Live.
Paulis a graduate of theJette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House (ROH), where he was contracted from 2012-14.At ROH, he conducted Mozart and Salieri(Rimsky-Korsakov) and El gato con botas(Montsalvatge) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Paul read Music at Oxford University, and trained as a conductor and repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Conducting engagements include work with The Royal Opera House, The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Mahogany Opera Group, Birmingham Opera Company, Iford Arts, Opera Holland Park and Clonter Opera. He has also worked as a repetiteur for English National Opera.
Paul considers coaching and education to be an important part of his output and works as Head of Vocal & Operatic Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also a frequent guest speaker at pre-performance talks for ROH.
Alice studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2014. She is a keen recitalist and has been featured on the BBC Radio 3 proms as well as performing at venues such as Leighton House, Kings Place and St Johns Smith Square. Her operatic performances include roles at Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival and Longborough Festival Opera. She is generously supported by Opera Prelude.
Soprano - Goldilocks
Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Scholar, Carolyn began her career as a teacher of Art and Design before commencing the Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Carolyn was Associate Artist at WelshNationalOpera in 2010 and spent two years at luzern opera house in Switzerland in 2012-2014.
She has performed extensively in opera, oratorio and in solo recitals, including appearances at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), and the Royal Albert Hall.
She’ll be recording a newly discovered opera with Richard Bonynge this year and releasing a CD with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside on songs by composers from Northern Ireland at the Ludlow song festival and again in Belfast. She will also tour the UK with the role of Madam Popova in The Bear and sing the role of Mary in Der Fliegender Hollander for Longborough Festival.
Mezzo-soprano - Mummy
Daniel studied music and opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning awards from the Countess of Muster and The Foyle Foundation, and the Guildhall Aria Prize. He then became the first counter-tenor accepted onto the ENO Operaworks programme.
Daniel has performed across Europe, including the title role in the opera premiere of ‘Franzinskus’, performed at The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, the title role in the world premiere of Richard Ayres ‘Peter Pan’, at Oper Stuttgart, and several premieres for Scottish Opera. Alongside his passion for Baroque and early repertoire, uncovering hidden gems of this rich epoch, Daniel continues to break new ground, creating and performing new work across the globe.
Counter-tenor - Baby
Australian baritone Nic studied at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, was a State Opera of South Australia Young Artist and studied at the National Opera Studio in London. His studies were sponsored by Glyndebourne Festival Opera as the recipient of the Anne Woods/Johanna Peters Award. In 2014 Nicholas was voted ’Best Male in a Leading Role’ by the Opera Holland Park audience for his performance as Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Recent and future plans include Marcello La Bohème New Zealand Opera‚ title role Eugene Onegin and Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera)‚ Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte‚ Dandini La Cenerentola Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia and Frédéric Lakmé (Opera Holland Park)‚ Valentin Faust (Dorset Opera Festival)‚ Josef K in Philip Glass’s The Trial (Scottish Opera)‚ Marcello La Bohème (English Touring Opera).
He created the role of Edward Lear in Ode to nonsense – a co-production between Slingsby Theatre Company and State Opera of South Australia in Adelaide‚ and performed Marcello for the State Opera of South Australia.
Baritone - Daddy
Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor
Company Stage Manager
AK Lie has a BA honours degree in Theatre Arts: Design and Technical Theatre from Middlesex University London, and is currently studying MA Costume Design at University of the Arts London. Her recent work includes the costume-design for Man-Up by Temperamental TC, an Eddie Nominated Performance at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, and she was the ASM for TheOperaStory’s first production Snow.
Assistant Stage Manager
Marco has over 6 years of experience running multimedia productions for theatres, art galleries, music clubs and cultural venues. His versatile experience includes Branding Communications, Online Marketing and Stage Management. He is the founder of Audiovisual City, a worldwide magazine of Audiovisual Culture that is nowadays the most important online magazine of AV artists and events.
Copeland Gallery 133 Copeland Rd London SE15 3SN
We returned to Peckham for our second production, this time at the Copeland Gallery, which was a perfect blank canvas that allowed our creative team a lot of freedom for a new site-specific and immersive production!
The John S. Cohen Foundation
The Boltini Trust
Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust