Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of How the Whale Became. It was last on stage 6 December 2013—4 January 2014 as part of the Autumn 2013/14 season.
Have you ever wondered why whales are so huge? Why foxes are crafty or why polar bears have white coats? The answers to all these questions and more are found in this enchanting family opera by composer Julian Philips and librettist Edward Kemp, based on Ted Hughes’s well-loved story collection The Dreamfighter and Other Creation Tales.
The Linbury Studio Theatre will be transformed into a magical world by director Natalie Abrahami and designer Tom Scutt. A diverse ensemble of singers and musicians will bring to life witty and irreverent tales that are sure to keep everyone, from ages five and over, engrossed and delighted.
News and features
5 December 2013
A behind-the-scenes glimpse of rehearsals for the operatic adaptation of Ted Hughes’s creation tales.
28 November 2013
The South African baritone discusses his journey from a small township to singing the role of a whale at the ROH.
6 November 2013
A look at the writer's legacy across opera and beyond.