Opera Scotland

China Doll a Neuropera in Four Seasons

Music

Jakob Robertson

Text

Jakob Robertson

 

Premieres

First Performance: Edinburgh (Pleasance Dome), 5 August 2015.

 

Background

China Doll marks the professional writing debut of Jakob Robertson, a recent graduate of the Devon Academy of Performing Arts (Dartington), where he was a fellow-student of director Bryony Maguire. Many of the performers come from the same background, forming a company, Bad Habit Theatre, that intends to create innovative and accessible original opera for a new generation. The music used is a blend of newly-composed work with Erik Satie and other pieces in the public domain.

 

Summary

The work is described in the programme as a story of deceit, feigned pregnancy, smug mothers, whisky and sex. It is the story of Nina, Alone, childless and barren, she swindles a young boy into staying with her by feigning pregnancy, placing a china doll where here her own flesh and blood should be. Set in four seasons, with distinct musical styles and visual motifs.

The Cast

Alexi
 
Ana
 
Gretchen
 
Luca
 
Margot
 
Nina
 
Otto
 
Vincent
 

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