It has been confirmed that Roy Budd’s score Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent film version of The Phantom at the Opera will be performed live at the Barbican for one night only next year.
This newly announced performance is only the second time that Roy Budd’s score will be heard live, with all finds raised from the production going towards helping rid the world of polio.
Taking place on the 18th March 2019, the performance will take place at the very same venue it was originally meant to be screened at 25 years ago before Roy Budd’s death. The first live performance of Budd’s score took place at the London Coliseum on the 8th October 2017, featuring the 77-piece orchestra.
The concert performance will once again see the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra performing the score, conducted by Spencer Down. Since its formation, the orchestra has enjoyed incredible success with performances at Buckingham Palace for the Queen and with world-renowned classical artists such as Alison Balsom, Leonard Elschenbroich and Elin Manahan-Thomas.
Adapted from Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel, Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera tells the twisted tale of a mysterious recluse (Lon Chaney) who tutors a soprano at Paris’s Palais Garnier opera house while hiding a nocturnal penchant for chandelier-related slaughter. The film has been digitised and very subtle colour added throughout.
Talking about the news of the performance Producer Nick Hocart says; “I am excited to work with Spencer Down and Dockland Sinfonia again, and to be presenting Roy’s work in the Barbican where it was due to premiere 25 years ago is history in the making.”
Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera will be performed live at the Barbican on the 18th March 2019. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/roy-budds-phantom-of-the-opera