Performances

Tue 25 Jul

Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival 2017

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The festival celebrates its 10th birthday with a spectacular programme, featuring dozens of performances of brand new works as it continues to push the frontiers of opera, filling King’s Cross with sound, spectacle and an explosion of creativity. 

It is running from 25 Jul - 13 Aug 2017  at venues throughout King's Cross with performances at The Place on the 25th, 26th and 27th July.. 

The festival is made up of both ticketed and non-ticketed shows. The ticketed shows in the festival are designed to allow you to sample three or more short works of opera on any given evening. Have at look at what else is on the day you are planning to join us.

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BOOKING

The Festival programme and ticket prices are designed for you to sample a number of  performances in one evening, with breaks in between for you to enjoy a drink in the Festival Bar with your fellow audience and our artists. 

TICKET PRICES
Early bird offer (booked  before 19 June) £5
Thereafter: £7.50 online; £9.50 In Person or On Phone

BOOKING IN ADVANCE
Online

In Person or On Phone: Book direct with the venue for shows in that venue
If you require Access Bookings please book direct with the venue for shows in that venue
The Place 020 7121 1100
RADA Studios 020 7 908 4800

BOOKING ON THE DAY
Online (until 4pm Mon-Sat and 12 noon Sun)
In Person or On Phone: Book direct with the venue for shows in that venue
If you require Access Bookings please book direct with the venue for shows in that venue
Once Online bookings go off sale tickets will only be available In Person or On Phone via the front of house teams at the venue hosting the performance.
The Place 020 7121 1100
RADA Studios 020 7 908 4800


PERFORMANCES AT THE PLACE

Tue 25 Jul 

Dr Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow - Opera North Youth Company
7 - 7.45pm
Beware Dr Ferret and his gang! The doctor and his Sweetheart Singers are out to find out just how mischievous today’s children really are. Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary tales, Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow tells the curious stories of Matilda, whose lies ignited a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who causes lot of trouble…
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Liturgie - Spectra Ensemble
8.05 - 8.55pm
Liturgie was first conceived by Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as a whimsical ballet-opera presenting the Orthodox rite as a total workof art. For a century, it lay unfinished. Spectra Ensemble’s production now marks Liturgie's world premiere, combining designs drawn from Natalia Goncharova's original plans with new music by Daniel Lee Chappell and new choreography by Camille Jetzer.
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ID, Please - Soosan Lolavar
9.15 - 9.55pm
ID, Please is an opera for the age of Brexit and Trump, set at border control and exploring themes of immigration, identity and xenophobia. The work took on new relevance when its British-Iranian composer was almost prevented from attending rehearsals in the US as part of the first ‘Muslim Ban’.
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There will be an unticketed pre- performance talk about ID, Please at 18.00 at The Place - all welcome. Do join us for this and at the same time why not buy tickets for all  other the performances on this evening  as part of the festival ?  

Wed 26 Jul 

The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera
7 - 7.55pm In a not too distant future, following some nuclear misunderstanding the isolated island managed to avoid, post-Brexit Britain finds itself surrounded by nothing but scorched earth. How do people from the everyday family home to the corridors of power cope with this? And what on earth is Boris doing in Downing Street in a tie-dye suit?

Produced by The Agitprop Allstars. A commission of Worm, Rotterdam.
Contains swearing
Age recommendation 18+
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Perodactyls of Ptexas - A Wild West 'Opera Buffa'
8.15 - 9.35pm
A new electronic opera presented by Crowe Ensemble set in the Wild West- stuffed with trigger-happy cowgirls, gyrating dinosaurs, and saloon brawls. An ambitious young woman navigates the chauvinistic world of pre-history, belting out neolithic arias in the process.
Contains scenes of nudity
Age recommendation 18+
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Thu 27 Jul

Woman Who Refused to Dance - Shirley Thompson Music Productions
7 - 7.35pm
The Woman Who Refused to Dance is a compelling operatic narrative in one act for soprano, speaker, dancers, instrumental ensemble and video. The inspirational story about an Unknown Woman who refused to dance on Captain Kimber’s slave boat in 1792, feeds into our current human trafficking crisis and is one of a woman’s triumph over insurmountable adversary. Nadine Benjamin leads and is hailed by Opera Now as one of ‘a new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers.’
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Deeply - Op.64
7.55 - 8.55pm
A poem of love and death for five cellos, a soprano and an actress.
This work explores gender identity, outing, passion, anguish, madness, and the desire to live and to be ourselves. Because although life can be difficult, confused and obscure, it must be free.
Contains scenes of nudity
Age recommendation 18+
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The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon - The Belfast Ensemble
9.15 - 10.05pm
‘All this? All Europe, all undone?… and for what? A son?’
As Europe prepares to split, this edgy new Northern Irish company looks back to another event that tore the country in two - the divorce of England’s Spanish queen. Part recitation, part song-cycle, this music-theatre first charts the memories of a misremembered woman.
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Venue: at The Place