Opened 13 Aug 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Size Zero Opera Company present the world premieres of two bold and uncompromising new works of music theatre in a double bill titled Playing With Fire. The double bill opens with The Viagron by German composer Arne Gieshoff and librettist Frank Allison, based on the classical Roman text The Satyricon by Petronius. Focusing on the sexual misadventures of the impotent central character, Encolpius, the opera presents both his past and present in an explicit and sometimes humorously vulgar examination of lust and love set against Gieshoff's aggressively taught score. The production is kindly supported by the PRS Foundation. The bill is completed by Kettlehead by American composer Darren Bloom and librettist Neil Georgeson. Set in colonial Africa at the end of the 19th Century, the opera explores a twisted tale of voodoo and revenge focused on the tragic transformation of a promising young girl into a mutilated social pariah. The creation of this new work has been supported by the London Symphony Orchestra's Sound Hub project.