Week 1: Thursday Events

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The festival gets underway at 6.30pm with a free foyer performance of 'Twitching', pioneering composer Catherine Konz's 'opera happening'. Through a whistling voice (Ellan Parry) and singing birdwatchers, she examines the loss of privacy in our society. Then, at 7pm with Rudyard Kipling's famous 'Just So' stories are given operatic and poetic shape in Danyal Dhondy's musical setting fusing four of the fables of animal antiquity in a dramatic presentation. At 7.10pm, Tête à Tête presents Charlotte Bray's 'Making Arrangements', an adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen's short story about a divorcing couple, a deserted husband and revenge on a wife through her dresses. Sung by Phyllis Cannan, Grant Doyle, Patrick Ashcroft and the CHROMA Ensemble under Alice Farnham. At 8.10pm, mortal and mythological worlds collide in 'Hera's List', Eve Harrison's piece about a dejected man's struggle for independence, despite chaotic interference from Greek Goddess Hera with her whimsical list of goddesses. Also at 8.10pm, the Warehouse Ensemble returns for the third year running, bringing your yearly selection of Six Word Operas. Then at 9pm Gestalt Opera will present Toby Young's 'The Daisy Chain', a radical re-envisioning of the Rumpelstiltskin tale, fusing courtly love, psychotherapy and sadomasochism.