Trinity Laban Opera will perform a production of Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles Dickens’ well-loved novel about the miser Scrooge and his festive transformation following a series of whimsical visitations on the night before Christmas.
Written in 1978 and described as the ‘most accessible’ of Musgrave’s works, ‘harmonically rich and expertly orchestrated’, the opera promises to be a festive treat. Expect a glorious procession of continuous melody in the post-Wagnerian manner and a seasonal flavour enhanced by leitmotifs alluding to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
This performance will be the opera’s second ever UK performance and is part of Trinity Laban’s Venus Blazing, an unprecedented commitment to celebrating the music of female composers. For this they honour composer Thea Musgrave, who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year. Her distinguished 70 year career has seen her receive two Guggenheim Fellowships, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and the 2017 Queen’s Medal for Music. She is a master of the operatic genre, having composed ten stage works, and is known for her boundary-pushing integration of drama with instrumental music.
Earlier this year, students in the Trinity Laban vocal department performed in Blackheath Halls Community Opera’s production of Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, which received a number of positive reviews. The returning performers are set to outdo themselves with this semi-staged production of A Christmas Carol which will feature dancers alongside singers. The set, lighting and costume design will be by Ian Sommerville who has worked on over 200 productions for ENO, Opera North, Scottish Opera and many others in the UK and abroad.
A Christmas Carol is on at the Laban Theatre, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 on Friday 14th at 7:30pm and Saturday 15th December at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Admission: £15, £12