ROGUE: /rəʊɡ -
- behaving in ways that are not expected....
- one who is playfully mischievous...
- one who takes an independent stand...
Passionate about bringing top-class opera productions to diverse spaces and communities, Rogue Opera creates intimate touring productions for new venues and audiences, offering a different experience of classic opera.
Rogue Opera was established at the end of 2017 by Bronwen Stephens-Harding - director, singer and marketeer.
Passionate about bringing Opera to new spaces and audiences, Rogue Opera creates intimate productions which can be staged almost anywhere. Through our strong focus on acting and staging, we aim to present the composers’ incredible music - and the performers’ incredible voices - in ways which are accessible to both first time audiences and connoisseurs. Our productions are sung in the original language, with English surtitles, for audiences of 50-150 people, with piano accompaniment. Close enough to see blood, sweat and tears and to feel the vibration of every note, a Rogue Opera performance is live theatre at its most personal. As well as presenting shows in traditional spaces in London, St Albans, Bournemouth and Deal, we’ve also transformed a 15th century barn in Kent into a theatre for 90 people and brought a special show to a north London Synagogue.
Rogue Opera’s talented cast and creative team are all professionals with backgrounds including Longborough Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Chorus, English National Opera Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe.Director and singer, Bronwen Stephens-Harding, returned to music in 2012. She is delighted to now be able to call on her years of corporate events and marketing experience to fulfil Rogue Opera’s mission to bring top-class intimate productions to audiences around the UK and Europe.
In our first production of Bizet’s Carmen, for 6 singers, dancer and piano, we stripped away the pomp and pageantry to present a raw and intimate piece of theatre, examining the power dynamics between people and Carmen’s struggle to find independence and control in her life, love and friendships. Carmen and the Gypsies seek a bohemian life, finding freedom outside of the law. José, drawn to Carmen and this unconventional world, is torn between love, duty and honour. Micaëla, innocent and pious, represents a simpler way of life, and the charismatic bullfighter Escamillo soon becomes a rival for Carmen’s affections. The dramatic resolution of the story was shocking and unconventional in depicting such violence on stage at its 1875 premier and the drama is still relevant today - a serious and though-provoking story underlying some of opera’s most recognisable music.
In 2019 we will add Mozart’s Don Giovanni to our repertoire. Set during Fashion Week in present day Milan, we follow the famous lothario - head of the brand ‘Don G’ - as he uses his power, status and wealth to charm, seduce and deceive. His assistant, Leporello, reluctantly aids his boss’s debauchery, while being increasingly drawn into this world of celebrity. Donna Anna seeks justice... Donna Elvira hopes for reform... but will Don Giovanni atone or scorn the punishment for his crimes? In Mozart and Da Ponte’s original 18th century setting, Don Giovanni’s privilege, wealth and status enable much of his behaviour. Presenting the story against a modern backdrop of fame, popularity and hashtags, Rogue Opera brings the intricacy and power of Mozart’s music to life in an engaging and intimate setting, examining the themes of power, attraction and seduction and exploring what morality, judgement and retribution look like in today’s world.
As part of our outreach programs, in 2019 we will be conducting workshops and Schools matinees to students in Wandsworth as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe, offering a relaxed performance option in Bournemouth and bringing our production of Carmen to the Nomad Community Theatre in East Horsley - enabling people to access opera at heavily reduced ticket prices. Our outreach programs are supported by local grants, crowdfunding and private and local business sponsorship.
Carmen and Don Giovanni will be available throughout 2019 - click links below for more information:
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