Judith Weir’s new opera Miss Fortune
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden earlier this year
Saturday 19 May 2012 at 18.00 UK time
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Emma Bell with dancers from Soul Mavericks
Link to BBC for synopsis
This episode of Opera on 3 is a recording of the British premiere of Judith Weir’s new opera Miss Fortune, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Miss Tina Fortune is born into a wealthy family, but loses her luck thanks to the meddling hands of Fate, who is ever-present on stage with her. Her fortune only begins to improve when she confronts Fate, and they come to a truce. Judith Weir’s new opera includes break-dancing, lottery wins, exploding kebab vans, and some beautiful music.
Gallery of FABULOUS photos by Bill Cooper
Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents and talks to Judith Weir and conductor Paul Daniel about the opera.
Tina…..Emma Bell (Soprano)
Simon…..Jacques Imbrailo – Baritone)
Fate…..Andrew Watts (Counter-Tenor)
Donna…..Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo-Soprano)
Hassan…..Noah Stewart (Tenor)
Lord Fortune…..Alan Ewing (Bass)
Lady Fortune…..Kathryn Harries (Soprano)
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Opera House Chorus, Conductor…..Paul Daniel
Duration 2 hours
Comment from Michael White, voted Britain’s least boring music critic by listeners of Classic FM.
Review from The Arts Desk
Interview on Soundcloud in which Judith Weir discusses with Petroc Trelawny how she composes
and the challenges of being both composer and librettist for this opera.
An interview with Judith Weir in Composition Today