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JF Lampe - The Dragon of Wantley

with Bellot Ensemble and New Sussex Opera

NEW SUSSEX OPERA, TOBY PURSER (CONDUCTOR), PAUL HIGGINS (DIRECTOR), MOLLIE CHEEK (DESIGNER) EMMA GASSON (LIGHTING) BENJAMIN POORE (DRAMATURG), ANA BEARD FERNÁNDEZ, CHARLOTTE BADHAM, MAGNUS WALKER, ROBERT GILDON
JF Lampe - The Dragon of Wantley

A dragon is terrorizing the Yorkshire countryside, devouring anything it meets. The only person who can save the locals is a drunken squire – if he can put down his pint. He agrees, but just as daunting as his monstrous opponent is the love triangle that ensues. Will the dragon prevail? And who will get their man?

The Dragon of Wantley, the 1737 smash hit of the London season, parodies Handel’s serious operas – as well as poking fun at the government of the day. The combination of Lampe’s first-rate music (of which Handel himself approved) and wonderfully witty libretto by Henry Carey makes this opera a comic gem.

Don’t miss the rare chance to see this masterpiece of English comic opera performed with a traditional period orchestra as New Sussex Opera sets the opera in a South Yorkshire of the 1980’s (against the background of the miners’ strike). The recent recording of The Dragon of Wantley from the Brook Street Band and conductor John Andrews won BBC Music Magazine 2023 Opera Award.

Conductor Toby Purser and director Paul Higgins join forces again following their success with Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera, which was nominated for an International Opera Award, with what was a world première recording released on the SOMM label.

  • 📅Sun, 5 May 2024
  • 📍Blackheath Halls, London
  • 🕑4:00pm
  • 🎫£15-£40
Location

Blackheath Halls, London
Lee Road, London, NW7 1LJ, United Kingdom

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