A comedy without words. Portuguese première
"A brilliant composer... His early death was a tragedy" The Guardian
A drunken waiter in the local café unleashes fifteen minutes of glorious operatic chaos. Performed in a wordless language of trills, roars, squeaks and grunts, Oliver’s ingenious opera is a comic gem. Think Fawlty Towers meets Charlie Chaplin.
Stephen Oliver was one of the most prolific and talented post-war British composers. His 40 operas included Beauty and the Beast for the Batignano Festival and City of Birmingham Touring Opera and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens for English National Opera shortly before his death from AIDS in 1992. Director Max Hoehn returns to this piece following his staging for Graham Vick’s cutting-edge Birmingham Opera Company in cafés all over Birmingham’s city centre in 2015.
Producer: Max Hoehn, Preparação Musical: Clara Coelho
Cast: James Hall (Contratenor), Austin Gunn (Tenor), Marina Pacheco (Soprano), Inês Simões (Soprano), Job Tomé (Barítono), Nicholas Morris (Barítono).