For the Victorian Opera, Nancy Black directed Double Bill at the Recital Centre in August 2012. The double bill comprised two short operas: Master Peter’s Puppet Show by Manuel de Falla and What Next? by Elliott Carter. The design team included Adam Gardiner (sets & costumes), Philip Lethlean (lighting), and Lynne Kent (shadow puppets).

Shadow puppets are attacked and a theatre is destroyed as the legendary Don Quixote lays waste to a helpless puppet show. This episode from the classic Cervantes novel inspired Spanish composer Manuel de Falla to create Master Peter’s Puppet Show.

American composer, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and legend Elliott Carter wrote his only opera at 90. What Next? opens with a volley of percussion as an unnamed catastrophe shakes the reality of everyday existence. The opera follows a group of people who regain consciousness after the incident. As Rose, Stella, Zen, Harry or Larry and Mama all try to recall who they are, the question on everyone’s mind is, are they survivors or victims?

WHEN:  15th – 22nd August 2012.
WHERE: The Recital Centre, Southbank.

Photography by Jeff Busby
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