Director Harry Fehr stages a double bill for Pegasus Opera Company. The programme comprises Philip Hagemann’s chamber adaptation and English translation of Debussy L’Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son) alongside Hagemann’s opera from George Bernard Shaw’s comic melodrama Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, probably the only opera plot that hinges on the contents of a soda siphon. Performances at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music take place on September 10, 11 and 12 (m) and are conducted by Hagemann.
Polly Graham will direct Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando at the Vienna State Opera. The world première on 8 December 2019 will feature stage design by Roy Spahn, lighting by Ulrich Schneider with videos by Will Duke and costumes by Comme des Garçons.
The cast, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, includes Kate Lindsey, Eric Jurenas, Constance Hauman, Leigh Melrose, Vivian Bond and Agneta Eichenholz. There are further performances on December 11, 14, 18 (streamed live) and 20.
Polly Graham directs Dido & Aeneas with Blackheath Halls Community Opera. The performances are at The Albany, Deptford, London on July 16 at 7:30, 17 – 7:30, 18 – 6:30 & 8:30 and July 20 at 6:30 & 8:30. Lee Reynolds conducts, April Dalton provides set and costume designs and the cast includes Idunnu Münch, Marcus Farnsworth, William Towers and Alison Rose.
Director Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé will be available to view free of charge on The Opera Platform from 19:00 CET (18:00 BST) on April 28. The spare yet compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult tale for Welsh National Opera has won critical acclaim: “a staging that held one captive and captivated throughout” Opera; “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian. Graham is nominated for an International Opera Award with the winners to be announced on May 7.
Director Polly Graham has been nominated in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 7 at The London Coliseum. Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera opens at the Wales Millennium Centre on February 16.
Director Polly Graham is featured as one of The Guardian’s Top 20 Talents set to take 2017 by storm in Unmissable Culture 2017. Her production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé marks her main stage début for Welsh National Opera and opens in Cardiff on February 16.
“… I Capuleti is a model of directorial discipline.” 4* The Times
“Harry Fehr’s modern-dress I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bellini’s first big hit, worked especially well” The Sunday Times
“ The festival’s second offering, Harry Fehr’s staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, is more consistently assured.” The Guardian
Following the recent success of Handel Orlando for Welsh National Opera (Guardian ****, The Times ****) director Harry Fehr jumps to the 19th century with a staging of Ambroise Thomas Mignon for New Sussex Opera. Conducted by Nicholas Jenkins the performances take place on November 11 (Lewes), 22 (Eastbourne) and 24 (London, Cadogan Hall).