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World Book Day 2013: Your dream operas and ballets based on literature

From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to 1984: The Ballet, your fantasy works.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

7 March 2013 at 11.18am | 5 Comments

World Book Day: Your dream operas and ballets based on literature

From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to 1984: The Ballet, your fantasy works.

Storified by Royal Opera House· Thu, Mar 07 2013 03:17:58

@RoyalOperaHouse Orwell's 1984 would be marvellous, and perfect for McGregor. #AllTheVideoScreens #WorldBookDayVampire Soup
@RoyalOperaHouse What about kids books into ballets: Charlie and the Choc Factory, His Dark Materials, Dr Seuss, Charlottes Web,...DaveTriesBallet
@RoyalOperaHouse I would turn Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre into a Ballet... It would be a delight for the senses. #WorldBookDayYo soy Yo
@RoyalOperaHouse I would turn Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood into a ballet :)YI
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@RoyalOperaHouse i would turn Tim Burton's Melancholy Death of OysterBoy into a ballet #worldbookdayJD Saladleaf
@RoyalOperaHouse "Fight Club" would be interesting in a ballet ! And for an opera, I would suggest "Requiem for a Dream"Jon Cellar
@RoyalOperaHouse Mario Puzo's The Godfather; Sarah Water's The Little Stranger; Hilary Mantel's Cromwell trilogy. #WorldBookDayPresto Classical
@RoyalOperaHouse Treasure Island. A Tale of Two Cities. Lord of the Flies. More than enough to be thinking about there!Geraint Smith
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@RoyalOperaHouse "The Book of Evidence" by John Banville. Or Kate O Brien "As Music and Splendour"! - an opera about . . . opera singersButterfly Wing
@RoyalOperaHouse I would turn Ian McEwan's Atonement into a ballet. #WorldBookDayanna merrick
@RoyalOperaHouse : Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!Lady Projectionist
@RoyalOperaHouse 50 Shades of Grey as a ballet!Kevin Orgill
@WNOtweet @RoyalOperaHouse Riders by Jilly Cooper. Any of Jilly's novels, in fact. So wrong, yet so right... #worldbookdayNewhaven
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If you could turn any book into a ballet or opera, which would you choose?

Those of a literary bent may enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (16 March - 13 April) The Metamorphosis (16 - 23 March), Kafka Fragments (28 - 30 March), The Firework-Maker's Daughter (3 - 13 April) and Hansel and Gretel (8 - 11 May), and Raven Girl (24 May - 8 June).

This article has 5 comments

  1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1926)

  2. kelsey responded on 9 March 2013 at 12:36am Reply

    I would turn Emma by Jane Austen into a ballet

  3. David Long responded on 9 April 2013 at 11:35am Reply

    Saraband For Dead Lovers by Helen Simpson would make a stunning three act ballet in the hands of Liam Scarlett. ir

  4. Jennifer Foster responded on 9 May 2013 at 4:46pm Reply

    Dicken's Christmas Carol...beautiful character opportunities, lots of corps de ballet moments, including possibilities for children, plenty of solos and some pdds, and a story with both dark and uplifting moments.

  5. Meunier responded on 24 May 2013 at 2:01pm Reply

    I've always thought that Peter Shaffer's EQUUS, with it's simplistic psych 101 approach, would have ripe makings for an effective one act ballet. It has very straightforward characters, the horses (and we know how the RB loves its animals), the parents, Alan, Jill, the stable owner, the psych, the lady lawyer friend. Could effectively fill 40 minutes I think. Certainly it could be easily toyed with ... bringing in as it does visions of Cavalry and all.

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