Unborn in America - January 28/29/30/31, February 1. Vault Festival
Ensemble Amorpha in association with OperaUpClose present, Unborn in America, a cabaret opera.
composer / conductor: Luke Styles
librettist / director: Peter Cant
Welcome to The Petri Dish - the afterlife’s legendary cabaret bar for the unborn. Every night aborted foetuses clamour to hear singing sensation Ziggy recount her savage journey to hell and back in her unpredictable smash show. A cocktail of sex, drugs and exploitation, politics and celebrity, aspiration and self-destruction.
This taboo-busting musical satire gives full hysterical voice to America’s culture wars, re-imagining the Brecht-Weill song-cycle in the spirit of John Waters. Dark and melodic, borrowing from jazz and tribal rhythms, Glyndebourne's first young composer in residence Luke Styles’ opera crackles with caustic humour and bold genre-hopping appeal.
Starring acclaimed performer Jessica Walker and the UK’s rising tenor Andrew Dickinson, with an ensemble of percussion, cello, oboe and piano.
Image © Holly-Anne Buck
"A brash and vibrant satire full of pizzazz. Seeds of opera’s future are being sown here.”
The Telegraph (on work-in-progress performance)
“Ms Walker is a bewitching performer. A pure, bright soprano of such melting beauty I could listen to it forever.”
Charles Isherwood, New York Times
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Ensemble Amorpha is incredibly grateful to the following organisations and people for supporting Unborn In America. These include the Arts Council England, Boltini Trust, the Stephen Oliver Award, the Foyle Foundation, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the RVW Trust.
Special Thanks to our incredible Kickstarter supporters:
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Mrs Barbara Walker
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