EM Forster story set for opera debut
THE world premiere of actor, presenter and writer Stephen Fry’s new opera takes place in Surrey at the end of September.
Surrey Opera will present the opera, based on the EM Forster story The Life To Come, with libretto by Stephen Fry and music by composer Louis Mander, on September 28 and 29 at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill.
The opera is the story of the love between Christian missionary Paul Pinmay and the African tribal chief he came to convert, Vithobai.
Stephen Fry said: “The Life To Come is one of EM Forster’s most beguiling and brilliant short stories.
“It is simultaneously romantic, satirical, passionate, comic, tragic and mysterious.
“It speaks of colonialism, sexuality, love and religion in unique ways. The dramatic structure struck me as ideal for an opera and when the outrageously talented young Louis Mander and I talked about collaborating and he evinced a similar enthusiasm, it all just fell into place.”
The production is conducted and directed by Surrey Opera’s artistic director, Jonathan Butcher, and designed by Jill Wilson.
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