The Life to Come
Sep
28
Sep 29

The Life to Come

  • Harlequin Theatre

Surrey Opera premieres The Life to Come, an Opera in Two Acts. 

Music by Louis Mander & Libretto by Stephen Fry.

 

The long awaited world premiere of the opera based on a short story by celebrated British novelist and essayist EM Forster.

Libretto by actor and writer Stephen Fry.

Music composed by Louis Mander

A Surrey Opera Production

Conductor Jonathan Butcher

 

A story of fated love between an African Prince and a zealous British Missionary set amongst the backdrop of colonial Africa.

 

Thursday 28th, Friday 29th September 2017 7.30pm The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey

 

Tickets Available soon!

 

The Life to Come, Oslo Opera House
Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

The Life to Come, Oslo Opera House

  • Olso Opera House

The Life to Come

An Opera in Two Acts 

After the short story by celebrated British Novelist EM Forster

Libretto by Stephen Fry

Music by Louis Mander

 The opera tells the passionate love story between two men across different cultures. It addresses spiritual and religious conflicts amidst the tension between prejudices and freedom in Colonial Africa in the early 20th Century.

 

Music: Louis Mander
Libretto: Stephen Fry
Conductor: Tone Bianca Sparre-Dahl
Director: Einar Bjørge
Design: Hans Petter Harboe
Costume: Line Maher

with Schola Cantorum og musikere fra Norges

 

Oslo Opera House, Scene 2

1 Kirsten Flagstads Plass, Oslo,  0150, Norway

 

Tickets available online

http://operaen.no/en/Performances/oslo-operafestival-life-to-come/#sectionIntro

 


The Fallen Soldier Tour
Jul
12
7:30 pm19:30

The Fallen Soldier Tour

  • The Cheltenham Playhouse

Belsize Opera performs a new epistolary chamber opera by Louis Mander at

THE CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE

Set in a Belgian trench during the Great War, two British soldiers tell their story of love, loss and conflict on the front line.

Mander's lyrical score evokes all of the painful reality and bittersweet comradery of two young men in 1917. As a commemorative production marking 100 years since the Great War, Jack Cherry's production captures the stark truth of trench warfare.

The Cheltenham Playhouse, 47-53 Bath Rd, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG

Wednesday 12th July 2017

7.30pm

Music Composed by Louis Mander

Book by the composer & Text by Ivor Gurney

Produced and Directed by Jack Cherry

Tickets £12 available Box Office 01242 522852

Or online www.cheltenhamplayhouse.org.uk

Copyright Belsize Opera 2017

The Fallen Soldier
Jun
23
Jun 24

The Fallen Soldier

  • St Peter's Church

Belsize Opera premieres a new epistolary chamber opera by Louis Mander

 

Set in a Belgian trench during the Great War, two British soldiers tell their story of love, loss and conflict on the front line.

Mander's lyrical score evokes all of the painful reality and bittersweet comradery of two young men in 1917. As a commemorative production marking 100 years since the Great War, Jack Cherry's production captures the stark truth of trench warfare.

St Peter's Church, Belsize Square, London NW3 4HJ

Friday June 23rd 7.30pm, Saturday June 24th 7.30pm

Music Composed by Louis Mander

Book by the composer & Text by Ivor Gurney

Produced and Directed by Jack Cherry

All tickets £12

Copyright Belsize Opera 2017

 

 

 

The Dowager's Oyster
Nov
22
Nov 26

The Dowager's Oyster

  • The So and So Arts Club Theatre

Who remembers Hinge and Bracket?

Well I'm thrilled to announce that I have persuaded the great Dr. Evadne Hinge herself to make her operatic comeback this November when she will be starring in the role of the Dowager in my latest stage work; The Dowager's Oyster.

If Music be the food of love
Oct
8
7:30 pm19:30

If Music be the food of love

  • St. Peter's Church, Belsize Square NW3 4HJ

A celebration of the work of William Shakespeare and Henry Purcell, the two great bards.

In collaboration with Belsize Opera, Belsize Baroque and a company of actors as part of St Peter's Autumn festival of the arts, conducted by Louis Mander.

St. Peter's Church's, Belsize Square, Belsize Park

Tickets £12 available at the door

Beowulf
Aug
28
Aug 29

Beowulf

  • Cleeves Farm, Chilmark

The premiere of this new three act community opera Beowulf will be performed by Opera at Chilmark (operaatchilmark.weebly.com) in collaboration with Cantata Dramatica (www.cantatadramatica.com) during the August Bank Holiday 2016.

Cantata Dramatica’s latest commission for 2015-16 is Beowulf, composed by Louis Mander with libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker.  Nick Pitts-Tucker writes:

"The story of Beowulf is the Anglo Saxon version of the heroic deeds of a Swedish warrior who made his name in Denmark, fighting awesome trolls, and then, in old and distinguished age, rolling out for one last fight with a fire breathing Dragon.

Louis Mander first suggested the poem to me as a suitable subject for a dramatic cantata.  My wife did Anglo Saxon at Cambridge and jumped at the chance to have "Beowulf" set to music so I set to, reading several translations simultaneously, and then making a verse précis of the story.  I also introduced some extra female parts to balance the rather muscular content of the original."

The Dowager's Oyster - Grimeborn Festival
Aug
26
Aug 27

The Dowager's Oyster - Grimeborn Festival

  • Arcola Theatre

THE DOWAGER'S OYSTER

A new operetta after a short story by the composer

Premiering at the Grimeborn Festival 2016

The Arcola Theatre

WORDS JACK CHERRY

MUSIC LOUIS MANDER

 

SYNOPSIS

England/France/Morocco. 1924

 

Cynthia and her aged mother Lady Tindale (the Dowager) are about to embark on a summer holiday to the French island of Oleron. Freddy, Cynthia's fiancé cannot join them as he will be summering in Morocco, (unbeknownst only to her) with his gay lover Christopher. On their journey (accompanied by her recalcitrant handmaiden Genevieve) by ferry to France, the Dowager and Cynthia happen to bump into two old friends, Marta and Karl Grinzig, who are the cause for much gossip and speculation. The universally despised Dowager comes to a sticky end at lunch and the holidaymakers are all considered suspects in the eyes of the pompous and astute Dr. Gibaud, whose services are called upon to solve the murder. Farce, intrigue and suspects abound...But whodunnit?

 

Cantata Eliensis
Jun
26
6:30 pm18:30

Cantata Eliensis

  • Ely Cathedral

A performance of Cantata Eliensis in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 6.30pm as part of a weekend of festivities in honour of St Etheldreda.

The Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the founding and building of the great cathedral at Ely over a period of four centuries or more.

The libretto, by Nick Pitts-Tucker, is derived from original material as much as possible, with the chief source being the Liber Eliensis, a contemporary account written by the monks at Ely Abbey no later than 1172 AD.  Other sources are Bede's History of the English Church and secondary sources from each period.

The Dowager's Oyster (Workshop)
May
2
8:30 pm20:30

The Dowager's Oyster (Workshop)

  • Hampstead, London

THE DOWAGER'S OYSTER

A new operetta after a short story by the composer

 

WORDS JACK CHERRY

MUSIC LOUIS MANDER

 

CAST

 

THE DOWAGER FRANCES McCAFFERTY

CYNTHIA STEPHANIE EDWARDS

GENEVIEVE CAROLINE KENNEDY

MARTA CLAIRE BARNETT-JONES

KARL CASPAR JAMES

FREDDY AIDAN COBURN

CHRISTOPHER GUY ELLIOTT

DR. GIBAUD DAVID JONES

 

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR LOUIS MANDER

REPETITEUR NICOLE JOHNSON

 

SYNOPSIS

England/France/Morocco. 1924

 

Cynthia and her aged mother Lady Tindale (the Dowager) are about to embark on a summer holiday to the French island of Oleron. Freddy, Cynthia's fiancé cannot join them as he will be summering in Morocco, (unbeknownst only to her) with his gay lover Christopher. On their journey (accompanied by her recalcitrant handmaiden Genevieve) by ferry to France, the Dowager and Cynthia happen to bump into two old friends, Marta and Karl Grinzig, who are the cause for much gossip and speculation. The universally despised Dowager comes to a sticky end at lunch and the holidaymakers are all considered suspects in the eyes of the pompous and astute Dr. Gibaud, whose services are called upon to solve the murder. Farce, intrigue and suspects abound...But whodunnit?

 

Our kind thanks to Jules and Cheryl Burns and for their generosity and use of their beautiful music room which hosts this workshop.

 

Please contact mander.louis@googlemail.com if you would be able to sponsor the full production at the Grimeborn festival at the Arcola Theatre this summer. 

Beowulf - a new opera (workshop)
Nov
22
7:00 pm19:00

Beowulf - a new opera (workshop)

The first workshop of a new community opera based on the epic poem Beowulf commissioned by Cantata Dramatica

Music by Louis Mander

 

Libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker

 

Wilton Community Centre, West Street, Wilton, Salisbury

Oh, Whistle & I'll come to you, my Lad!
Aug
1
Aug 2

Oh, Whistle & I'll come to you, my Lad!

A new operatic interpretation of the famous M.R James Ghost Story - "Oh, Whistle & I'll come to you, my Lad!" 

Tête à Tête Opera Festival | RADA Studio Theatre | London

Music by Louis Mander | Libretto by Jack Cherry

Copyright Louis Mander 2016