Rehearsals are now underway for Pamela Tan-Nicholson’s new production, which opens at the Peacock Theatre on the 23rd May. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening so far…
Inspired by three of opera’s most famous women, Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Carmen, Trioperas is directed by Pamela Tan-Nicholson with many of the roles being not gender-specific and cast members interchanging for each other.
The production will bring ten multi-talented male performers to perform the various colourful roles all requiring a range of skill sets. Adam Corrigan, Llandyll Gove, Adam Margilewski, Matthew McCabe, Richard Munday and Daniel Slade. They are joined by award-winning Royal Opera House principal Yuriy Yurchuk, Wushu World Champions Cham Dong Ming and Toh Chin Xian; and the only actor in the world to have starred as Young Simba and Adult Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, Naoto Kaiho from Japan.
Meanwhile, Lucy Aiston and Anastacia Quinton-Smith also join the previously cast female performers – Sianna Bruce, Keedie Green, Sara Hamilton, Lucy Kay, Martina Mennell, Shoreina Pereira, and Chiara Vinci.
Talking about the production Pamela Tan-Nicholson said: “We all relish the idea of looking at opera afresh. TriOperas is not a history tour of three fossilized operas. The times they are a-changing, and we say – opera too. My hope is that even people who don’t know or don’t like traditional opera will see the show and come away feeling that they have been properly entertained and emotionally touched by three stories told entirely through dramatic lyrics set to glorious music and performed with no-holds barred action. Opera should be like that – no more no less. Opera is for everyone- of any age – to love.”
Produced by Covent Garden Soloists Productions (Op 1) Limited, Trioperas merges opera singing with punk, rap, rock and hip-hop and a display of acrobatics, kung-fu, puppetry, breakdancing, tap, ballet, salsa, Chinese lion wushu and parkour.
The production’s creative team includes choreography by Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae, Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention Director Jonzi D, Masters Siow and Tang from Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association (holders of 65 world titles and still counting), and music director Vasko Vassilev, the Royal Opera House’s concertmaster and creative producer.
Trioperas will play at the Peacock Theatre from the 23rd May until the 1st July. To book tickets click here or visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Encore Tickets, See Tickets, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk , Love Theatre.com or From the Box Office.