Peter Knapp brings Orpheus to life in new English performance

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance returns to Blackheath Halls this June with a new English performing version by Peter Knapp of Offenbach's operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld.

Peter has brought together an exciting creative team, including dynamic Trinity Laban students working under Simon Iorio (Trinity Laban alumnus), who has worked at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and English Touring Opera, Bulgarian conductor Rossen Gergov, regularly active in Vienna, Bretta Gerecke, recipient of many awards in set, lighting and costume design, and Emma Williams, Olivier Award winner for her designs of Henry IV at the National Theatre.

The operetta follows the journey of Orpheus from his music school home, where he is a violin teacher, to Mount Olympus. Orpheus speaks to Jupiter to demand the return of his wife Eurydice, who was seduced by Pluto and taken off to God of Hades, a wild, Parisian-style underworld nightclub, where she now works as a cabaret singer. Jupiter decides to take his whole assembly of gods and goddesses to Hades to sort the matter out, much to their delight. The evening reaches its climax with the riotous and rebellious can-can, making this a show guaranteed to thrill and delight both devotees and newcomers to opera of all ages.

Peter has done over ten versions of the popular opera. This particular version of Orpheus has been produced at Sadlers Wells, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Peter, who also toured productions of Carmen and the Barber of Seville in 2012, said:

"My aim is to introduce opera to new audiences with lively English translations, using a dynamic company of singers, dancers and musicians."

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK's only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social-inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of creative artistic practice. The unique conjunction constantly creates exciting opportunities for collaboration between instrumentalists, singers, composers, dancers and choreographers.

Picture credit JK Photography

Left to right - Casey-Joe Rumens (Pluto), Clara Lisle (Eurydice), William Davies (Orpheus)

Rehearsal video here -

Orpheus in the Underworld

Wed 26-Sat 29 June, 7.30pm

Blackheath Halls

020 8305 9300 or 020 8463 0100 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)

Tickets £15, £12 concessions


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