The Life To Come


Music by Louis Mander Libretto by Stephen Fry . Based on a short story of the same name by E. M. Forster .

When Louis Mander and Stephen Fry set about creating this opera, Louis found himself “fired up with passionate musical ideas; arching melodies, rich harmonies and orchestral colours which arose from the highly exotic and erotic subject matter of E. M. Forster’s immaculately beautiful short story The Life to Come.”

Stephen describes it as “one of E. M. Forster’s most beguiling and brilliant short stories… It speaks of colonialism, sexuality, love and religion in unique ways.”

Surrey Opera is proud to present this world première, with professional principals and orchestra, directed and conducted by Jonathan Butcher.

Conductor & Director Jonathan Butcher
Designer Jill Wilson
Lighting Designer Alan Bishop


Paul Pinmay Martin Lindau
Vithobai Themba Mvula
Rev. Tregold Jonathan Forbes Kennedy
Verily Romily Hannah Poulsom
Ernest Romily James Schouten
Ronald Jolyon Loy
Head Tribesmen Denver Martin Smith
Bobby Jeffrey
Senior Missionaries Tim Baldwin
Robert Trainer