BBC Philharmonic
18 Nov 2017, New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
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BBC Philharmonic: The Red Brick Sessions The Arsonists: A Tragi-Comic Opera about Love and Economics

BBC Philharmonic (members)
The Arsonists: A Tragi-Comic Opera about Love and Economics
19:30 Sat 18 Nov 2017 New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
A Heritage Opera/Savvy Productions co-production, in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic.
A Heritage Opera/Savvy Productions co-production, in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic.

Performers

Concert Information

World première performance.

Ian McMillan and Alan Edward Williams’ opera opens with a news report of a fire which has destroyed Megaboxx – the only large employer in the town. Police suspect arson, and one person is feared dead. We go back to reveal who has a reason to burn the place down, and who is dead – and why is Roy the boss coming back to Slackpit undercover? This is a ‘whydunnit’ as well as a ‘whodunnit’, and combines edgy contemporary textures with musical-theatre style ‘big tunes’. It’s also the first opera ever written to be sung entirely in a Northern English accent.

Matthew Kellett Frank
Richard Woodall Roy
Serenna Wagner Paulina
Nicholas Sales George
Sarah Helsby Hughes Gloria

Clark Rundell conductor

This performance will be semi-staged, with props and costumes.

This evening is part of the Red Brick Sessions - a series created by the BBC Philharmonic, in partnership with the University of Salford - bringing audience immersion and new technology to the forefront.

This performance is presented as part of New Music North West 2017, a major festival showcasing new music in our region. Full details of the Festival can be found below.