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Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

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A double bill of adventurous new opera

A selection of Franz Kafka’s darkly surreal short stories and characters are interwoven in Café Kafka, while The Commission explores the inner world of an artist contemplating murder.

Directed by Annabel Arden, co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité, this evening combines potent music with gripping drama and dark humour.

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.

Café Kafka by Francisco Coll (music) and Meredith Oakes (words).

The Commission by Elspeth Brooke (music) and Jack Underwood (words).
The Commission is based on the poem The Commission from the collection Errata by Michael Donaghy ©1993, and was originally devised with Ellie Rees.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Britten Centenary Fund. Leeds performance supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Director - Annabel Arden
Conductor - Richard Baker
with singers Anna Dennis, Daniel Norman, William Purefoy, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Suzanne Shakespeare and the CHROMA ensemble

Free pre show talk with Annabel Arden at 6.30pm

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Snape Maltings Britten Studio 14 March 2014 8:00pm

Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

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London Linbury Studio Theatre 17th - 19 March 2014 7:45pm

Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

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Leeds Howard Assembly Room 22 March 2014 7:30pm

Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

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Mike said ago

A successfully matured performance of experimental art in opera,music and theatre performance. This was mastery of contemporary writing,composition,direction and performance that cuts all the fat off the bone - it hit the spot from start to finish. Nothing was extraneous and all sides of the performance were so seamless that I fell inside it. Credit goes to design aswell for its subtle and enhancing statement to the whole experience.
The performance had me giggling at its dark humour and crying with the drama simultaneously.
Im so impressed that their work achieved such mastery of existential theatre - wow. Only 3 performances I can't believe it -

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