[ New Production ]
[ French premiere ]
Opéra in 24 scenes
Libretto by Sarah Kane
Premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith, London on 24 May 2016
Production of the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, London
As part of the Musica festival
Musical Director Richard Baker Stage Director Ted Huffman Responsable de la reprise Elayce Ismail Stage set, Costumes Hannah Clark Lighting D.M. Wood Video Pierre Martin Sound Sound Intermedia Movements RC-Annie
Gwen Gweneth-Ann Rand Jen Robyn Allegra Parton Suzy Susanna Hurell Clare Samantha Price Emily Rachael Lloyd Lucy Lucy Schaufer Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg
English playwright Sarah Kane has left her mark on theatre with poetic, powerful and incisive works. Premiered in 2000, a few months after her untimely death at twenty-eight, 4.48 Psychosis is a poignant inquiry into depression. Poetry, anger, black humor mingle in this portrait of a woman struggling with the disease. The title refers to the early morning hour when, according to the writer, the nascent day mingles with despair. The strength and beauty of the opera by English composer Philip Venables enthralled critics and overwhelmed audiences upon its premiere and subsequent run at the Royal Opera House in London.
A work for the young and young at heart, a brilliant proof that contemporary music can appeal to all of us by evoking the current world, the difficulty of finding meaning, and our most intimate desires. In this subtle production by American director Ted Huffman, performers and two percussionists express the young woman's inner voices for a deeply touching experience. Richard Baker will be conducting the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg.
Overtitled in French, German