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14 Nov 2015 - 19 Nov 2015

Biedermann and the Arsonists

Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells marks its 10th year with the UK premiere of Šimon Voseček’s ‘Biedermann and the Arsonists’ based on the classic absurdist play by Swiss dramatist and novelist Max Frisch, in a new translation by David Pountney.

The production is directed by the 2015 Independent Opera Director Fellow Max Hoehn. Timothy Redmond conducts the Britten Sinfonia, and Mark Le Brocq and Leigh Melrose head a superb cast including some of the finest UK-trained singers.

Noted for his depictions of the moral dilemmas of postwar Europe, Frisch’s provocative parable of middle class life follows the downfall of the complacent and weak-willed Gottlieb Biedermann, a successful businessman faced with the arrival of two sinister strangers in his attic.

Šimon Voseček is a composer and chansonnier. He was born in Prague in 1978 and trained at the Prague Conservatory and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

(Sung in English; running time 1 hour 35 minutes)

By Šimon Voseček
After the play by Max Frisch
English translation by David Pountney

Saturday 14 November, 7.45 pm
Tuesday 17 November, 7.45 pm
Thursday 19 November 2015, 7.45 pm
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wellls

Tickets £30 (£15 concessions)
Sadler’s Wells Box Office
Tel: 020 7863 8000


Cover image: ©  Nafez Rerhuf



Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wellls, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN


From: 14 Nov 2015
To: 19 Nov 2015


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