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Young performers get ready for Hot House during summer 2012

Gareth Malone heads up a team of established artists and new talent at the ROH.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

3 April 2012 at 10.03am | 6 Comments

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. 

If you are interested in supporting Education and their excellent work please visit us for further information.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

3 April 2012 at 10.03am

This article has been categorised Dance, Learning, Music, Opera and tagged Associate Artist, Education, Gareth Malone, Hot House, JPYA, Julian Grant, One Big Stage, Price Riots, Stephen Plaice, Thurrock

This article has 6 comments

  1. Roxanna Macklow-Smith responded on 17 April 2012 at 9:41am Reply

    How exciting - would my 10 year old and 8 year old ebe too young for it? And by 10:03 am do you really mean 10:30am?!

    And do you know yet what the running time will be?

    All very best,


  2. AYAKO TAKAGI responded on 20 April 2012 at 4:44pm Reply

    I am looking foward to seeing the Hot House, especially.
    So I would like to know this production is the reproducting opera of the historical print portrayed Old Price Riots.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 20 April 2012 at 4:54pm

      Dear Ayako Takagi

      The Hot House project draws on a variety of different sources, so it may be that the print you refer to is one of the inspirations but we can't confirm this.



  3. there may be some tickets still avaliable, please come and watch it should be amazingx

    • Lois Wright responded on 26 May 2012 at 6:16pm

      Do you know if there are still any ticktets available?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 26 May 2012 at 10:09pm

      It's sold out, but you could always check back for returns.

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