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.
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.
Helios Collective and Constella OperaBallet came together to form a travelling troupe of modern-day bohemians, presenting an evening fusing opera, ballet, and theatre.
Staged in a warehouse night club in Peckham, South London, Toi Toi 2015 (1 & 2) presented two evenings of continuous music entertainment that demonstrated the versatility and relevance of opera to contemporary audiences, as well as highlighting links between popular and operatic music.