19 April 2012 at 4.21pm | Comment on this article
ROH2's OperaShots - our annual opportunity for established musicians and writers to work in opera for the first time - kicks off tomorrow. The two new works include a gripping, bloody tale from The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon.
Sevastopol is a compact chamber opera in which the young Leo Tolstoy travels to the front line of the Crimean War. The opera tracks Tolstoy's journey through Sevastopol to the most extreme reaches of the battlefield, caked in mud and blood. The various incidents and conversations in the show are based on the writer’s vivid reports from the conflict.
The intricate sets and costumes for Sevastopol were created by Emma Bailey, one of the winners of the Linbury Prize 2011. Emma is also designing for the other new work on the OperaShots double bill, Graham Fitkin's Home.