Two one-act operas based on works by George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde will receive their UK premieres when Pegasus Opera Company brings Shaw Goes Wilde to the Royal Academy of Music later this spring. The double bill of works composed by Philip Hagemann play a limited run from 12 to 14 April 2019 , so book your tickets now!
Following last year’s successful run of Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnet, Pegasus Opera Company returns with these new pieces, based on Wilde’s The Nightingale and The Rose and Shaw’s The Music Cure.
The Nightingale and the Rose explores ideas of love and rejection, as it follows a student who falls for a young woman. She demands he proves his love by giving her a red rose. When he is unable to find one, a nightingale offers to make a red rose for him.
The Music Cure is a satirical comedy about love, desire and corruption set in the 1900s. Lord Reginald is being investigated by Parliament for insider trading. This unwanted scrutiny makes the Lord depressed, so his beloved mother hires a famous female concert pianist to cheer him up.
Pegasus Opera’s Artistic Director Alison Buchanan leads the cast. A renowned soloist, she has previously performed with New York City Opera, at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Opera house and more. Buchanan is joined in the cast by Peter Brathwaite, Oliver Brignall, Thomas Bennett, Angela Caesar, Katie Grosslet, Amal Khalidi and Nick Morton.
In addition to composing both pieces, Hagemann also conducts the production. In his career to date, he has composer 10 one-act operas, two full length operas and 75 choral pieces including Christmas piece Fruitcake, which has sold more than 200,000 copies. Louise Bakker, who’s worked with the Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera and more, directs.
Shaw Goes Wilde is the latest production from Pegaus Opera Company, which aims to promote opera, and offer opportunities, to culturally diverse and underserved communities. Previous productions include national tours of Carmen, I Pagliacci and The Magic Flute. These productions have drawn praise including being called “a dramatic success” (Opera Now on The Magic Flute), “splendidly performed” (Huddersfield Examiner on Carmen) and “physically exciting” (The Observer on Carmen).
Shaw Goes Wilde runs from 12 to 14 April at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, London, NW1 5HT, with performances Friday & Saturday 7.30pm, matinee Sunday 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
About Pegasus Opera Company
Lloyd Newton founded Pegasus Opera Company in 1992 with the aim of creating performances and work opportunities for talented multicultural opera singers who were not receiving those opportunities elsewhere. It works to break down barriers to both enjoyment of, and working in, opera for artists from diverse backgrounds. When Newton died in 2016, Alison Buchanan became the new Artistic Director. Pegasus Opera has a long track record of staging high-quality productions with outstanding professionals, whilst developing new audiences and presenting productions with which they can identify. It also delivers pioneering educational programmes through special workshops, outreach programmes and teaching thousands of children and young adults across London and the regions.