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 has brought this gripping tragedy to life.
Following the triumphant World Première on 30th September 2021, Surrey Opera continues to celebrate its fifty glorious years with two concert performances of the revised score of this exciting new work.
Listen to Giles Davies’ interview about the production:
Watch an INTERVIEW of Jonathan Butcher and David Hackbridge Johnson by Adam Turner.
Kelly Glyptis, who sang the title role in Madeleine, was the Grand Prix Winner of the 2021 Musical International Grand Prix – opera category.
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|
|How to book:|
|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
|Croydon||St Mary Magdalene Church, Canning Road, Croydon, CR0 6QD|
|Performances||Thursday 17th, Friday 18th February 2022 at 7pm|
Photographer: Holly Burraway
|Papa (Redhill)||Edwin Kaye|
|Papa (Croydon)||Giles Davies|
|Amédée Thuau||Jon Openshaw|
|William Minnock||Dafydd Allen|
|Mrs Jenkins||Jennifer Samuel|
|Christina (Redhill)||Rosie Clifford|
|Christina (Croydon)||Emma Jüngling|
|Dr Thompson||Graham Stone|
|Defence Counsel||Stephen Anthony Brown|
|Prosecuting Counsel||Giles Davies|
|Clerk to the Court||Ross Wilson|
|Rabble Rouser||Tim Baldwin|
|Mrs Anderson||Rosemary Ann McIntosh-Hayes|