Tête á Tête commissions TL composers for Opera Festival 2020Wed 16 September 2020
Georgia Barnes and John Sturt debut new operatic works
Second-year composition student Georgina Barnes and recent Masters graduate John Sturt have been commissioned by innovative company Tête á Tête to write original works for their Opera Festival 2020 in partnership with The Cockpit Theatre.
The two new works premiered at the Marylebone fringe theatre this week and were some of the first indoor performances for live audiences since lockdown.
An adaptation of the literary classic A Thousand and One Nights, Georgia’s A Time of Empty Tales address themes of religious fundamentalism, feminism and the power of the storyteller. It was performed by TL vocal students Alex Akhurst, Olivia Bell and Alex White on Monday 14 September, with an interactive livestream released on Wednesday 16 September. The recording will be available online until 14 October.
John’s Minutes to Midnight, which confronts the murky world of nuclear weaponry and the people who maintain and use it, premiered on Wednesday 16 September, with an interactive livestream on Friday 18 September. The recording will be available online until 16 October.
Find out more about Minutes to Midnight in John’s recent interview with collaborator Sophia Chapadjiev, facilitated by composition tutor Errollyn Wallen CBE.
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Image: A Time of Empty Tales 2020