Shizuka Hariu

between the Imaginary and the Concrete

Copyright ©Shizuka HARIU 2015

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Original Opera for centenary of Benjamin Britten

New Scenography works for the production with Jubilee Opera in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

The first is a newly-devised and fully-staged production, A Time There Was. Scenes from Britten’s operas and other works (including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, Golden Vanity and Nocture) have been seamlessly linked by conductor Steuart Bedford and director Frederic Wake-Walker to form a dramatic thread that creates a reflection on childhood as seen through the eyes of the tenor, sung by Alan Oke (Peter Grimes from ‘Grimes on the Beach’). The soprano Alexandra Hutton and bass Alex Ashworth also take leading roles. The young innovative director, Frederic Wake-Walker, fresh from Mahogany Opera’s much-acclaimed production of Britten’s Church Parables, is working with a cast which includes thirty- five children aged 8 to17 from local schools, giving them the unique opportunity to work in a professional environment. There will be a twenty-seven piece orchestra playing in the pit of the Jubilee Hall.

The Scenic Designer is Shizuka Hariu, the Costume Designer is Kitty Callister nad the lighting designer Cis O’Boyle.