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Author(s)

  • Stef Conner (Composer)
  • Bill Bankes-Jones (Director)
  • Bill Bankes-Jones (Other)

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Publication details

DatePublished - Jul 2015
Media of outputScore
Sizec. 40'
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Chamber opera for soloists, chorus, and string quartet, with libretto and direction by Bill Bankes-Jones, commissioned by Streetwise Opera, and performed by Streetwise Opera, Susannah Austin (soloist), and the Ligeti Quartet, conducted by Timothy Burke. All of the ideas presented in the opera were developed during workshops with Streetwise Opera’s London performers, many of whom have experienced homelessness.

Promotional text:
What happens when you watch TV? Is it innocent entertainment or a cynical vehicle to exploit the people it puts on display? Does it serve only to manipulate its audience to buy things or provide a window into the joy and hope of humanity? Echoing familiar TV programmes – from celebrity reality series to talent shows and catchy advert jingles – this experimental Streetwise Opera and Tête à Tête co-production explores both the humour and darker undertones of the small screen.

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