In January 2019, under the direction of Karen Gillingham, East London Metropolitan Opera, supported by the Arts Council, presented a very Hackney interpretation of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus – one of the most joyous, entertaining, infectious operas in history.

A stellar cast of professional opera singers and a Hackney rapper were joined by a chorus made up Hackney Empire Community Chorus,  Hackney Youth Choir, a young string quartet and children from three local primary schools. Performed at Hackney Empire the production was a large-scale, celebratory community event drawing on Strauss’ infectious music.

Production led by:

  • Emma Dogliani, Project Manager
  • Ella Conway, Co- Project Manager
  • Stuart Wild, Musical Director
  • Karen Gillingham, Director
  • Lynne McAdam, Assistant Director
  • Oliver Tilll, Conductor
  • Ruari Murchison, Designer
  • Benjamin Hamilton, Translator
  • Jess Boatright, Stage Manager

Photo credits: courtesy of East London Metropolitan Opera

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