This summer the Guildhall School presents a Martinů opera double bill ‘Ariane’ and ‘Alexandre bis’. Martinů’s 1958 work Ariane is a short opera based on the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur. This production is set in a 1960’s style recording studio with set and props to match, whereas, composed earlier in 1930s Paris, Alexandre bis is a one act comic opera heavily influenced by the Surrealist movement of which the city was the centre. The style is also reflected in the opera’s curious subtitle, ‘The Tragedy of a Man who Had His Beard Cut.’
Check out the photos below for a glimpse into the stage and piano technical rehearsals, including the DSM position (sorted by Production Sound Engineer Robbie Matthew and DSM Dan Reid); the lighting programmers Jess Bernberg and Bryan Novello-Patton; and some of the wonderful Parisian buildings build by the design realisation students!
Tickets for the double bill can be bought here.