17 June 2011 at 7.30pm
CBSO Centre, Birmingham|
Berkley Street, Birmingham
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
The Opera Group
Seven angels have fallen through space and time for so long, they have forgotten why. Coming to rest on a desert landscape, they imagine the creation of a legendary garden that once flourished there and its destruction from greed and neglect.
Moving and magical, Seven Angels interprets the themes of Milton’s poetic masterpiece Paradise Lost for an audience facing up to the urgent challenge of a changing climate and ever-depleting resources.
Featuring seven singers and a live chamber orchestra, this is the long-awaited first opera from Luke Bedford, one of the UK’s leading young composers, and the first collaboration between Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Opera Group. Luke’s Or Voit Tout en Aventure (2007) was hailed by The Guardian as ‘one of the most outstanding pieces by any young composer I've ever experienced.’ The opera’s post-apocalyptic landscape is realised by Japanese artist Tadasu Takamine.
Luke Bedford : Seven Angels
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