Following the successes of its previous opera masterclasses, Helios Collective is pleased to announce that Formations 2017 will feature a new and more extensive masterclass and performance programme, proudly hosted in conjunction with English National Opera.
With support from King’s Cultural Institute, in November 2016 Helios Collective and King’s College London’s Music Department co-presented a series of reimagined readings of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as Dido and Belinda.
Following on from the success of Formations 2015 – when three new operas were developed over a two-week period by Kasper Holten (director of opera, Royal Opera House), Robert Saxton (composer), Stephen Unwin, (director), Stephen Barlow (artistic director, Buxton Festival), Bettina Bartz (dramaturg), and David Parry (conductor) – Helios Collective returned in 2016 with an extended Formations Masterclass series, hosted by English National Opera and King’s College London.
To bring radically new meaning to a play is a virtue. To bring radically new meaning to a musical score is sacrilege. But why? Why shouldn’t musicians be as creative and interpretative as actors?
Here’s your chance to meet the creative team being Dido and Belinda.
In this article, Ella Marchment – the founder and artistic director of Helios Collective – talks about why she started the company and where it is heading in the future.
Hathaway – Eight Arias For A Bardic Life was a co-production between Helios Collective, Buxton Festival, and Copenhagen Opera Festival.
With every seat occupied thirty minutes before the performance started, it was standing room only for many people attending the Helios Collective and Bury Court Opera co-production held at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, on Friday, 24 June 2016.