For this reason, we have had to put aside for the moment the ambitious
season of three twentieth century British operas (The Turn of the Screw, The Knot Garden and Greek) which we were scheduled to produce this Autumn. Instead we hope to create a series of lyric monodramas, made of 20th century operas and song cycles composed for solo singer and accompanist by composers such as Dominick Argento, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Michael Tippett. We hope to be able to bring full news of the challenging and unusual repertoire soon. The programme will feature some wonderful artists due to perform in our planned Autumn 2020 tour.
We are excited about exploring new ways to produce and tour opera and
overcome the sizable challenges ahead. We expect to present work in venues
well known to us and our audiences, as well as non-traditional performances
venues, to reach as many people as possible, in communities that we have
served across the country for decades. This new approach is designed for
our longstanding, enthusiastic supporters and new audiences, whose appetite
for live music has never been greater.
We have hugely enjoyed keeping music in people’s lives this spring, through
our programme of digital work, curated and delivered by our freelance
artists, which includes performances, insight talks, skills sharing and
singing lessons and are delighted to have reached over 56,600 viewers
through that programme, from across the globe, with 34 films. The
overwhelming response to the programme has made us more committed than ever
to bringing live music back to our towns and cities, as soon as it is safe
and practical to do so.
We are grateful to all of our partners and funders with whom we will
collaborate to make this season possible, not least Art Council England for
their leadership and support of the sector in unprecedented times.
If you have booked for a performance at Hackney Empire, the venue will
contact you regarding your booking shortly.