CURRENT PRODUCTION

CURRENT PRODUCTION

 

JULIANA
Joseph Phibbs composer
Laurie Slade librettist

Midsummer's Eve on a Swedish waterside estate – the night is short and passions run high in Joseph Phibbs' exciting new chamber opera.

Juliana is recovering from a broken engagement; with her father away on business, she has only a canary for company. She's bored and depressed, so goes to the kitchen in search of distraction ...

Laurie Slade's libretto brilliantly transplants August Strindberg's most celebrated play Miss Julie (1899), to a contemporary Swedish setting, confronting a number of topical issues head-on (including the divide between rich and poor, immigration and the transgression of class, social and sexual boundaries).

Joseph Phibbs was born in London, and studied at The Purcell School, King’s College London and Cornell University. His teachers have included Param Vir, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Steven Stucky. Described recently by BBC Music Magazine as 'one of the most successful composers of his generation', his works have been premiered by some of the world’s leading conductors, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vassily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo and Edward Gardner.  

Rivers to the Sea, his largest orchestral work to date, was premiered in 2012 under Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Royal Festival Hall to widespread critical acclaim, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. It has since received numerous performances both in the UK and abroad, winning the orchestral category of the 2013 British Composer Awards. A more recent work, Partita (a joint BBC/Koussevitzky Music Foundation Award commission), was premiered in 2016 at the Barbican under BBC Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Sakari Oramo.

Nova Music Opera
Richard Williams director
George Vass conductor

Cast
Cheryl Evener Juliana
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Kerstin
Samuel Pantcheff Juan

Juliana is a joint-commission between Nova Music and the Cheltenham and Presteigne festivals, and is generously supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, the Arts Council of Wales and the George Vass Commission Fund

Co-producers
Nova Music Trust
Cheltenham Music Festival
Presteigne Festival

Production partners
Cheltenham Music Festival
Presteigne Festival
St John's Smith Square, London

Production supporters
The Arts Council of Wales
John S Cohen Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation
RVW Trust

     

  

Previous Nova Music Opera productions

 

PERFORMANCE DATES

Sunday 15 July 2018 at 5.00pm
Cheltenham Music Festival

Parabola Arts Centre
Parabola Road
Cheltenham
GL50 3AA

JULIANA

Tickets: £20
from the Box Office
Cheltenham Music Festival
01242 850 270
or online


Thursday 23 August 2018 at 8.30pm
Presteigne Festival

St Andrew's Church
Presteigne
Powys
LD8 2AF

JULIANA

Tickets: £32; £28 reserved 
£16 restricted view
£10 student 
from the Box Office
Presteigne Festival
01544 267 800
or online


Sunday 21 October 2018 at 8.00pm
St John's Smith Square, London

St John's Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA

JULIANA

Tickets: £28; £25
from the Box Office on sale 9 July 2018
St John's Smith Square
020 7222 1061


 

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