Set of three micro operas
Approx. 90' in total
Water, Hops & Rye.
Besse lives in medieval England on the cusp of social change. She is in love with beer and the independence it affords her as she follows in the footsteps and traditions of the brewing goddesses and brewsters of the Sumerian civilization over 5000 years before her.
The year is 1348 AD and England is a changing land. If Besse does not act fast the power of beer will soon be taken from her. Against the backdrop of the Black Death and tortured by accusations of witchcraft she must navigate her way through the difficult and dangerous world that surrounds her to practice the art of fermentation to its greatest heights.
Each opera will form part of a trilogy telling the dramatic and emotional story of Besse’s devotion to the art of beer making and her fight for freedom.
Chamber opera in 3 acts
Deeply connected, Electron and Positron long to touch but doing so would mean their annihilation. Guided by the nihilistic and reckless Entropy, their search for identity and meaning leads to black holes, parallel universes, encounters with the laws of physics – and ultimately the end of the universe as we know it. Based on current concepts from particle physics, Entanglement! An Entropic Tale is a cosmic exploration of life and death, creation and destruction, and the importance of living life in the present.
Masquerade in 2 acts
2-2-2-2 / 2-2-1-1 / 2-3 / 4-4-3-2-1 / mezzo-soprano
The beginning of the New Year awakes the old shepherd satyr-like demigods of the forest. Every year they visit the people who pray for them. However, the arrival of foreigners to the village will change their fate.
Pagan rites and ancient traditions merge in this play involving theatre, dance and live music, inspired by the folk masquerade Los Carochos de Riofrío.
Orchestra: Flutes: Oliver Wild, Arjun Jethwa. Oboe: Ramiro Nogueiro. Clarinets: Michael Webb, Erica Sinclair, Pau Poveda. Bassoons: Dan Plant, Hugh Wooley. Horns: Henry Wright, Amy Marshall. Trumpets: Catherine Pollit, Dolma Chiodak. Trombone and Tuba: Rob Roberts, Luke Atkinson. Percussion: Victor Palanca. Violins: Edwin Podolski, Maja Pluta, Aria Trigas, Beatrice Edwards. Violas: Elsabe Raath, Emily Dore. Cello: Aaron Billson. Double Bass: Bryn Davies
Actors: Major Devil: Daniel Blanco Albert. Minor Devil: Sam Leith Taylor. Madama: Samantha Joy (Mezzosoprano). Handsome: Thomas Earl. The Drummer: Peter Bell. Linen Guy: Patrick Ellis. Smuggler: Andy Ingamells. Witch: Maya Verlaak. Blind Man: Ryan Probert. The Soldier: Oliver Farrow.
Producer, Composer, Director, Choreographer: Daniel Blanco Albert
Stage Manager: Sabino de Bari
Special Thanks to Sandra Horne, Victor Palanca and Pau Poveda