Some stories are better kept secret…
Our fourth 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.)
Aylin Bozok directs and designs, and Lee Reynolds will conduct the ten-piece ensemble and a cast featuring Alice Privett, Nicholas Lester, Anthony Flaum, Chloe Latchmore and Edmund Danon.
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!
Unfortunately, the current health crisis meant the live performances had to be postponed, but we hope to be able to share it with you in February 2021!
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.
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.
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.
Director / Sets and costumes design
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.
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
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.
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.
Chloe is a recent graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera course. She has most recently made appearances with Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre du Chatelet (Paris) and Pop-Up Opera, and in song recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall.
Company Stage Manager
AK has been with us since our first season, first as a trainee and then as Assistant Stage Manager, before joining us this year as Design Associate. She recently got her MA in Costume for Performance, and recent work includes costume designing for The Property Play by Jelena Budimir (2019), The Awaiting Wrath by Jen Irons (2018), East Wall 2018 arranged by LIFT Festival (2018) and The Amazing Journey of Grimacing Podge or the Missing Me by Eddie Latter (2018).
Design Associate and Assistant Stage Manager
CLF Art Café The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane
For our third production we returned to the CLF Art Café / Bussey Building in Peckham, the venue of our sold-out debut in 2017. 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.