In the mid 1850s a true story of lies, deceit and death had the British public in its thrall; all eyes were on the most likely culprit, Madeleine Hamilton Smith. The burning question on everyone’s lips was – did she poison her clandestine lover, Emile L’Angelier, and was a seed sown by a night at the opera?
It seems extraordinary that this oh-so-Victorian melodrama has never been retold on the operatic stage. But to celebrate its 50 glorious years, Surrey Opera is now staging the World Premiére of Madeleine.
With much of Jonathan Butcher’s libretto drawn from Madeleine’s and Emile’s poems and love letters, and with thrilling atmospheric music by composer David Hackbridge Johnson , Surrey Opera will bring to life this gripping tragedy, with its own unique and captivating night at the opera.
This is what the critics/opera buffs said about Madeleine/Surrey Opera:
Surrey Opera’s production was a triumph, ‘an impressive achievement,’ ‘this valiant Company punches above its weight artistically,’ ‘the composer has a genuine gift for ensembles and he knows how to build a climax,’ ‘Madeleine pans out for big set pieces and zooms in for intimate scenes, to vivid effect.’ ‘Hackbridge knows how to thrill.’ ‘Hackbridge Johnson’s dramatic pacing is on the mark throughout,’ ‘I was totally absorbed from the first note.’ ‘The playing and singing were on such a consistently high level.’ ‘the ball scene at the end, of Act 1 is a high point,’ ‘The Chorus were splendid, in the various roles, as Scottish country revellers and partisan crowds outside (or inside) the courtroom,’ ‘the Chorus must also have a mention, as they were excellent too, big and powerful when required and subtle; not always achieved by even the big houses.'
|Conductor & Director||Jonathan Butcher|
|Lighting Designer||Rob Callender|
Photographer: Holly Burraway
|Amédée Thuau||Jon Openshaw|
|William Minnock||Dafydd Allen|
|Mrs Jenkins||Jennifer Samuel|
|Dr Thompson||Graham Stone|
|Counsel for the Defence||Stephen Anthony Brown|
|Counsel for the Prosecution||Giles Davies|
|Clerk to the Court||Ross Wilson|
|Rabble Rouser||Tim Baldwin|
|Mrs Anderson||Rosemary Ann McIntosh-Hayes|
|The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill||Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN|
|Performances||Thu 30th September and Sat 2nd October 2021 at 7pm|
Matinée Sat 2nd October at 2pm
|Tickets||£25 (£23 for children and students)|
For accessibility, families and groups apply to the box office
|Box office||01737 276 500 10am-8pm seven days a week|
|Croydon||(watch this space)|
|Performances||Thursday 17th, Friday 18th February 2022 at 7pm|