A rediscovered opera about medicine, madness and love
10th November to 21st November . 7pm & 9pm (on selected dates) . 60 mins (approx), no interval. Latecomers will only be admitted to the balcony
15 Balcony Seats 25 Stalls
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.
Ticket-holders for Saturday 14th November will also be able to attend a free Open Session on Mental Health following that evening's performance.
Text by Antonio Abati
Director: James Hurley
Musical Director: James Halliday
Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Lighting Designer: Ben Pickersgill
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