Composer Luke Bedford on his Faust-inspired opera Through His Teeth
Follow the development of the opera via Luke's blog, from creating the characters to writing the score.
22 January 2014 at 5.26pm | Comment on this article
Luke has collaborated with Scottish playwright David Harrower to write the piece, a chilling exploration of identity, trust and surveillance based on the Faust legend. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the opera tells the story of a woman seduced by a charismatic conman.
Last year, Luke began a blog to document the development of his opera. From reflections on choosing the theme and creating the characters, to descriptions of composing specific scenes, the blog offers a unique insight into his creative process. It includes photos, video diaries and images of the score.
As opening night draws ever closer, the blog will be updated to feature details of creating and staging the new work, from finalizing and printing the score, to beginning rehearsals at the Royal Opera House.
Through his Teeth will be performed alongside The Crackle, a new work by pioneering sound artist Matthew Herbert. Both works have been commissioned by The Royal Opera alongside Gounod’s Faust, which opens on the Main Stage on 4 April. A range of events across the Royal Opera House will offer a very different interpretation of the Faust legend.
Through His Teeth runs from 3 to 11 April. Tickets are available now.