Saturday 4th 21.10 – 21.50 & Sunday 5th August 18.10 – 18.50
future opera company
‘In an extraordinary tale merging reality with new myth, a chance meeting between three strangers sparks a touching exploration of love, time and mortality. A thrilling fusion of opera and dance, the mystic Three to Midnight will challenge your perception of fate as the clock ticks ever closer to eternity.’
Last year, principal choreographer of Ampersandance Jamie Thomson commissioned me to compose a 20-minute piece funded by the Arts Council. We spent a lot of time in the studio improvising and sharing ideas. Beginning with my long-held desire to write an opera that involves dance as a truly integrated element, I worked with librettist Ben Kaye and Jamie to develop many elements of the original dance piece into a 45-minute opera.
In an extraordinary tale merging reality with new myth, a chance meeting between three strangers sparks a touching exploration of love, time and mortality. A thrilling fusion of opera and dance, the mystic Three to Midnight will challenge your perception of fate as the clock ticks ever closer to eternity.
Violet is an elderly woman with a zest for life. Sam and Luke are in need of guidance.
Three to Midnight was preceded by two Free Foyer Performances: Five to Midnight and Four to Midnight.
Music: Alexander Campkin
Words: Ben Kaye
Choreographer/ Dancer: Jamie Thompson
Director: Imogen Tedbury
Designer: Georgia de Grey
Lighting Designer: Simon Gethin-Thomas
Stars of Future Opera:
Violet: Gwendolen Martin
Sam: Philippa Murray
Luke: Rhys Bowden
Dancer: Oliver Mahar
Dancer: Sara Hernandez Miguel
Alexander Campkin studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and in Vienna. Alexander was twice a finalist in the British Composer Awards. His music is regularly performed and broadcast throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas.
Ben Kaye is a Poet, Librettist and Lyricist who has enjoyed celebrated collaborations with some of the finest Composers in the UK. His powerful, emotive and lyrical poetry has formed the backbone of critically-acclaimed compositions and featuring on BBC Radio and Television.
Jamie Thomson trained at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance & at the Royal Ballet School. He was the winner of the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award & his subsequent choreographic output has been extensive with works being performed both in this country & in the USA.
Imogen Tedbury is a young opera director and Cambridge university graduate. Her productions have been performed in Edinburgh, Cornwall and London. She is an associate director of Shadwell Opera, and co-founder of Opera@St.Anne’s.
Gwendolen Martin studied at Oxford, where she sang as a soloist with Ensemble Isis, Oxford Sinfonietta and New Chamber Opera.
Gwendolen received a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music. She now enjoys a career as a soloist and ensemble singer.
Philippa Murray studied at Guildhall and continues to work privately with Dinah Harris. Roles include Dido, First Lady, Mary (Hugh the Drover). She is currently singing in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera Company.
Rhys Bowden studied for a music degree at Cambridge. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Academy of Music from which he graduated with distinction and where he was awarded the Hilda Anderson Deane prize. He studies with Raymond Connell.
Sara Hernandez Miguel studied at the insitut del teatre conservatory in Barcelona. Aged 21 she received she received an award from the royal academy of dance. Sara has worked with cia alquila danza, cia paranioes gomez and has performed her own creations in many theatres around Europe.
Oliver Mahar trained at Central School of Ballet and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He toured with EDge, which featured new works from choreographers such as Ben Duke and Martin Forseberg. He has just returned from working in Sweden.