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.
- The Red Brick Sessions: Respighi, Tarrodi, Sibelius, Leinonen & Rautavaara3 May 2018 Peel Hall, University of Salford
- The Arsonists: A Tragi-Comic Opera about Love and Economics18 Nov 2017 New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
- The Red Brick Sessions: Spotlight on Strings5 Oct 2017 Peel Hall - University of Salford
- The Red Brick Sessions: Ravel, Adès, Strauss & Rebel27 Apr 2017 Peel Hall - University of Salford