Friday 16 & Saturday 17 May, 2014

Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London


250 years after his death, the brilliantly vivid paintings and etchings of William Hogarth continue to resonate with modern viewers.

Royal College of Music composers and singers joined forces to celebrate Hogarth’s life, work and legacy by creating five brand new 15 minute operas. Each opera responded to Hogarth’s witty and bitingly acute social commentaries by offering its own unique take on modern society.


Lewis Murphy / Laura Attridge Now


While violent social protest rages around them, five characters try to find their own voice…



Josephine Stephenson / Benjamin Osborne On False Perspective


It’s important to keep a sense of perspective, particularly when it comes to matters of the heart…



Hunter Coblentz / Hunter Coblentz & Jordan O’Connor Hogarth’s Bastards


Where can you find intolerance and cruelty? During a rehearsal of Don Giovanni, of course…


Algirdas Kraunaitis The Bet


Humanity is basically good. Or perhaps it’s bad. What’s your money on?



Edwin Hillier / Ned Allen Serpentine or The Analysis of Beauty


For Ida and Will, love is a lifeline. Love is pressure. Love is kind. Love is serpentine…



Produced by the Royal College of Music in association with Tête à Tête


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Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones

Conducted by Tim Murray