GRIMEBORN: The Viagron / Kettlehead
Time Out says
Following previews at the Tête à Tête opera festival Size Zero Opera Company presents the world premieres of two works of music theatre in a double bill titled Playing With Fire, directed by matthew Monaghan and conducted by Jonathan Mann.
The double bill opens with The Viagron by German composer Arne Gieshoff and librettist Frank Allison, based on the classical Roman text The Satyricon by Petronius. Focusing on the sexual misadventures of the impotent central character, Encolpius.
The bill is completed by Kettlehead by American composer Darren Bloom and librettist Neil Georgeson. Set in colonial Africa at the end of the 19th Century, the opera explores a twisted tale of voodoo and revenge focused on the tragic transformation of a promising young girl into a mutilated social pariah.