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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