Young performers get ready for Hot House this summer
Gareth Malone heads up a team of established artists and new talent at the ROH.
Hot House is a new opera and dance work commission by composer, Julian Grant and librettist Stephen Plaice. It will be performed on the Royal Opera House Main Stage by a national company that has been brought together by ROH Education.
Over the last few years we have been working with young performers from the East and North West of England as part of the Royal Opera House’s On the Road programme. They will now join together with our other partners from Thurrock, London and South East to form a single company of over 150 performers.
The show will be part of an event called One Big Stage, which will be at the Opera House on Sunday 22 July. Tickets will go on sale on 14 April.
Gareth Malone (BBC Two’s The Choir and this year’s Christmas No 1 with the Military Wives) is the event’s Artistic Director and he is thrilled to be returning to his roots in opera and music education, saying,
This is an amazing opportunity to bring together ballet, opera and education on the main stage of the Royal Opera House and to celebrate the unique history of the building and its role as a national centre of excellence. I’m personally incredibly excited about working with talented people from a wide-range of backgrounds from across the country to create a memorable piece of theatre. We’re putting young people at the heart of what the Royal Opera House does by giving them unprecedented access to the stage and giving the next generation of performers the chance to perform opera and ballet at the highest level.
Hot House is based on the Old Price Riots, three months in 1809 when audiences objected so violently to increased ticket prices at the Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) that the management were forced to back down.
The production will involve:
- 50 members of the Royal Operas House’s Youth Opera Company
- 50 young dancers from ROH2 On the Road projects (including performers from The Lowry, DanceEast and The Place’s Centre of Advanced Training programmes)
- 60 members of the Hallé Youth Orchestra
- 4 professional opera singers (names to be announced very soon)
- 3 Royal Ballet dancers
- 12 members of the Royal Opera House Orchestra
- 10 costume and set designers from Thurrock and Essex
Among the artistic team guiding the young performers will be: director and former Jette Parker Young Artist, Thomas Guthrie; choreographer and current ROH2 Associate Artist, Sarah Dowling; conductor and current JPYA, Geoffrey Paterson; designer, Rhys Jarman; costume designer, Lesley Ford; and lighting designer, Lucy Carter.
Hours of work have already gone into creating music, movement and design for the show, but as the whole company starts coming together for rehearsals in Covent Garden the excitement is really building.
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