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O Let Me Weep: Titania’s Dream (2011)

Light Night Leeds

O Let Me Weep uses elements of live performance, projection and sound recording to create a walk-through installation.

Whether you stay for five minutes or five hours, wander in and fall under the forest’s spell…

Often described as the queen of heartbreakers, Purcell’s mesmerising aria ‘O Let Me Weep’ from The Fairy Queen, is looped to become a live performance and video installation. Titania, in her humiliation, comes face-to-face with her audience in an experience of opera that is emotional, intimate and direct. 

Vocals – Claire Bradshaw
Guitar – Craig Ogden
Oboe – Rachael Clegg


Lightmap launched in 2004 to create film, video and projected media for live performance and events. They provide video design and conceptualization, together with installation, technical direction, and technology solutions and ideas to create a fully integrated and interactive visual world. Lightmap also create film, video, design and print design for exhibitions, instillations, film, broadcast, archive and other projects.

Claire Bradshaw is one of the most accomplished British mezzo-sopranos of her generation. Her career has featured principal roles including Carmen, Suzuki, Hansel, Cherubino, Varvara, Lola and Maddalena, all with major opera companies, and many appearances on the concert platform with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and many more abroad. Claire recently sang with José Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa in an Opera Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.

Craig Ogden studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the RNCM in Manchester. Ogden’s Classic FM albums both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively. Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad and has presented on BBC Radio 3. Craig is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.

Hazel Cropper studied music at the University of Birmingham and was a postgraduate oboist at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst at the Academy Hazel was taught by Tess Miller and Celia Nicklin and won the Harold Craxton Award for Chamber Music. After graduating with distinction she moved back to her home city of Sheffield and enjoys freelancing with the BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, Ensemble 360, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. 

Your reaction

"It really captured everybody's attention. Brilliant." Audience member

"It just washes over you. It's absolutely beautiful." Audience member

Performance history

Howard Assembly Room, Light Night Leeds
7 Oct 2011 

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