Get outside the box of opera as you know it with this innovative indoor/outdoor staging of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' "astonishing work" (Classical Source).
This new production by New Zealand Opera sees a King in distress transformed into a modern corporate everyman as a disarming device to explore our complicated relationship with mental health and power. As an added twist, you will experience the action both up close, and from outside with only a window separating you and the King.
Maxwell Davies’ iconic score derives from the songs King George III played on his mechanical organ and attempted to train his bullfinches to sing. The music requires a baritone of extraordinary technique to sing over five octaves, with New Zealander Robert Tucker fit for the challenge. Partnering with ground-breaking contemporary music ensemble Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich, this modern take on opera promises to be a bold and immersive experience.
Note: Contains themes relating to mental distress
Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Text Randolph Stow and George III
Directed Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Designed Robin Rawstorne
Conductor Hamish McKeich
The King Robert Tucker
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These performances of Eight Songs for a Mad King by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.