During the midst of the most surprising - and stressful - summer I've experienced as a musician, some things seem to be moving again. This month, we've seen announcements from English National Opera that they will be going ahead with an autumn season (of sorts) in London's beautiful Coliseum Theatre. We've also witnessed successes in the forms of open-air concert performances at some of the UK's best-loved summer opera festivals.
Tête à Tête opera too are going ahead with their summer festival, and I'm very happy to announce that 'At Time of Empty Tales', with Nine Muses Opera, is currently going ahead on Monday 14th September in the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone.
New approaches, re-appraisals
Everything has 'turned upside down' in recent months, and I'm slightly nervous that this might be a physical reality when we stage the show too - but interesting staging will certainly play a large part in this physically-distanced production.
"The Lost One is trapped in a nightmarish trance. She awakens in a decrepit basement to the greeting of the sinister Friend who begins to steer her into the chaos of addiction and religious fundamentalism. Surrounded by dreams and ghost stories she cannot control, her storytelling is her one defence."
This student-driven production is all about the power of the storyteller. In a time where people are increasingly hoping for a way forward and outward from their isolation, It is truly exciting to think about the possibility of being on stage again, even if the setup is not entirely familiar!
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Alex is a classical singer and theatre performer based in London. He also works in Marketing & PR, and offers consultancy services across the UK.