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Beauty and the Seven Beasts

Can Beast save Beauty from the Seven Deadly Sins?

Magic Mirror promises “true love” within 7 dates. Beast (part man, part toad) is one of the magic mirror system operators and is paired with his new client Beauty to find her true love. She goes on 7 virtual dates arranged by Magic Mirror Systems, each possessing one of the 7 Deadly Sins. Obviously, the dates go terribly in many different ways, and through the story we see Beauty and The Beast falling in love. Will he be able to declare his love to her before time runs out?

 

Our next commission will be collaboratively written by seven composers and seven librettists, and we are very excited to bring it to you as we resume live performances.

Scheduled for Autumn 2021. See you there!

About Us

We commission new and exciting opera from up-and-coming composers, that we create with a new generation of talent in site-specific productions in unusual venues.

Since our debut with Snow in 2017 we have also  combined the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and retold the story of Robin Hood.

 

Our fourth opera, Pandora’s Box, was postponed due to the pandemic, but we kept creating, and the resulting Episodes won an RPS Inspiration Award that celebrates work created during lockdown. 

2021/22 will be our fifth season, and the most exciting yet, with two operas, a new song cycle and an operatic illustrated audiobook: stay tuned!

 

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Our Team

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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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Antony is a Trustee of The Opera Story. An economist and consultant, his career has been in management consulting in the UK and Asia. He recently completed a PhD in Musicology and periodically writes about the economics of opera.

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

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Many thanks to…

Arts Council England

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Trusts & Foundations

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Thomas J.C. und Angelika Matzen Stiftung

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Individual Donors

  • Ivan Katzen
  • Robin Farr
  • Antony Feeny
  • Thomas Ledergerber
  • Catherine Hubbard
  • Mandy Demetriou
  • Adam and Helen Gac
  • Vladimir Vlaicu
  • 2 anonymous donors
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