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.
Two weeks ago, I wrote on this blog about two of the operas we are creating for Formations 2016. As I zoom through the British countryside on a train, I have the opportunity to write about the third opera, Dead Equal, by composer Rose Miranda Hall and librettist Lila Palmer.
Here’s your chance to meet the creative team being Dido and Belinda.
In this interview, mezzo-soprano Camilla Bull talks about becoming Dido in Helios Collective’s production of Dido and Belinda.
Lighting Designer for Dido and Belinda, Robert Youngson, is busy working on building a rig in The Great Hall of King’s College London for this specific production to create a unique dramatic statement.
Like a kid in a sweet shop (or a bull in a china shop?), I’m feeling the same leg-wiggling excitement of squeezing and weighing up presents before opening them on Christmas day: yes, I have the huge privilege of receiving vocal score first drafts for two of the three new operas we will be creating for Formations 2016. But what is inside?
A theatre director looks at an opera and asks how can this text tell us something about ourselves? Musicians look at it and ask what does the composer want?
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.
Helios’s inaugural concert took place on the 1 July 2013 in the Chapters event venue at King’s College London.