Performed by Solomon’s Knot baroque collective

10th November to 21st November . 7pm & 9pm (on selected dates) . 70 mins (approx.), no interval.
15 Balcony Seats 25 Stalls

Text by Antonio Abati
Director: James Hurley
Musical Director: James Halliday

Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Lighting Designer: Ben Pickersgill

Solomon’s Knot baroque collective presents the modern staged premiere of a ‘lost’ Italian opera, l’Ospedale, based on a libretto by Antonio Abati. Set to music by an unknown seventeenth-century composer, this opera is a
biting satire on patients, doctors, and medical practice, providing a unique and radical platform – or “voice” – to four characters, who exhibit various psychological and social disorders.
A contemporary, immersive production, sewn into the heart of Wilton’s Music Hall, brings this provocative work to life amidst the purgatorial wasteland of a dilapidated modern hospital, where vulnerable patients await the arrival of an enigmatic doctor who they hope will restore their sanity – but at what cost? The opera is performed in the original Italian, with English captions.

Solomon's Knot & Wilton's Music Hall

This exciting new work will be Solomon's Knot's first fully staged production. Over the past two years this rediscovered opera has been brought back to life through a series of new transcriptions, translations and workshop projects, which have helped construct the theatrical version to be premiered at Wilton’s this Winter. 

Image by Ugo Carmeni, ugocarmeni.com

Supported by:Wilton’s Music Hall, Aldeburgh Music Open Space, Arts Council England & Trinity Buoy Wharf
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