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?
Following the sell-out successes of Toi Toi 1 & 2, Helios Collective returned to the CLF Arts Cafe in Peckham to bring together music from England, America, Jamaica, Finland, Portugal, and Brazil.
Helios opened its Canerentque Aeterna song-cycle series at Guy’s Chapel, King’s College London, on 16 January 2014. The series promoted the university’s best vocal talents, and it featured…
Brilliantly located…a highly imaginative and affecting double-bill.
- 5 Stars – Fringe Opera
- 5 Stars – Opera Now
- 5 Stars – The Arts Desk
- 5 Stars – UK Theatre Network
Helios returned to King’s with another concert featuring music students from King’s College London.
Helios’s inaugural concert took place on the 1 July 2013 in the Chapters event venue at King’s College London.