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New water-bound opera based on The Owl and the Pussycat

The Royal Opera House takes to London's waterways as part of London 2012 Festival.

By Hannah Elder (Learning and Participation Manager (Orchestra))

25 June 2012 at 11.58am | 3 Comments

A water-bound operatic spectacle based on the enchanting Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat is on offer during the summer of the Games, a new work from ROH2.

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The new work will be seen both on the water and banks of London’s canals and waterways, stopping for performances at various points as it travels from west to east. This exciting new work is part of the 'Secrets' programme, a series of extraordinary site-specific collaborations taking place in a range of hidden spaces across the capital in summer 2012, led by major artists and leading cultural organizations and presented by the Mayor of London. Further information on these events can be found at

Featuring a libretto from ex-Monty Python Terry Jones, and a newly commissioned score from Oscar-winning The Full Monty composer Anne Dudley, it promises to be an event like no other.

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As well as this event on London's waterways, the Royal Opera House is presenting a number of other works as part of the London 2012 Festival, including Otello and Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

The London 2012 Festival is a UK-wide festival from 21 June to 9 September featuring leading artists from around the world.

By Hannah Elder (Learning and Participation Manager (Orchestra))

25 June 2012 at 11.58am

This article has been categorised Opera, Performance and tagged Anne Dudley, Edward Lear, Festival 2012, London, London 2012 Festival, Mayor of London, opera, Production, ROH2, Secrets, Terry Jones, The Owl and the Pussycat, waterways

This article has 3 comments

  1. The mixing of Art on important historic London places like The Thames, will transport anyone to a mysterious world full of dream and fantasy. Well thought !!!

  2. Robinson responded on 26 August 2012 at 10:53am Reply

    Please advise venues for the Owll and the Pussy Cat
    between 3l July and 9 September? Thank you.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 26 August 2012 at 9:35pm

      The Owl and the Pussycat was performed 20 - 31 July and has now ended.

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