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19 Sep 2010 00:00 - 00:00

Bohuslav Martinů’s Marriage: Scenography and Costume Design

An event introducing original production designs with a vintage twist from the first professional staging of this comic chamber opera in Brno, in 2009. Introduced by the director/ designer Prof. Pamela Howard with Czech soprano Tereza Merklová and followed by a screening of the opera.

Tickets £12/£5 concessions
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The Marriage is a comic Chamber Opera by Bohuslav Martinu, based on the play by Nikolai Gogol. Director/designer Pamela Howards beautiful and lively site-specific production received its first professional staging in English in 2009 as part of the Martinu Revisited Festival, at the National Theatre Janacek Opera Brno, Czech Republic. It was performed in the historic Mozartsal.


Pamela Howard will talk about her design inspirations and process for the production, in which performers rehearsed in the whole installation from day one. Outstanding Czech soprano Tereza Merklová (Agafya in The Marriage), will join Professor Howard to discuss the production, and treat the audience to sung highlights from the opera.


Costume paintings and a scale maquette of the set installation will be on display, demonstrating how vintage objects were used to create the mad Gogolian world of the production.


This talk will be followed by a film-screening of the 2009 production, in English with English surtitles.



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


19 Sep 2010 00:00 - 00:00


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