The Little Green Swallow - British Premiere

The Guildhall School’s 2005 summer term’s opera production will be the British premiere of an opera by Jonathan Dove, which was commissioned by Musica Nel Chiostro to mark the 20th anniversary of the Batignano Festival in 1994, where it received a spectacular and very popular production. This premiere production will be sung in a new English translation by Adam Pollock, Artistic Director of Musica Nel Chiostro.

The libretto was adapted by the composer from a theatrical fable by Carlo Gozzi, written in 1765. The story takes up the colourful characters from Gozzi’s earlier fable, The Love for Three Oranges – immortalized in the opera by Prokofiev – and is a tale of intrigue and magic, journeys and dangerous quests, satirical philosophy, encounters with singing statues, and a green swallow who is really a king under a spell. There is a cast of colourful characters, with eleven major principal roles and no chorus. The score, which uses a small instrumental ensemble, combines mischief and enchantment and is packed with irresistible solos and inventive ensembles.

The production will be conducted by Dominic Wheeler and directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans (the new Resident Producer to the Opera Course) with designs by Dick Bird.

Tickets: £20 (£14 concs) available from the Barbican Box Office. Telephone: 020 7638 8891

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