The Secretary Turned CEO
A farcical new comic opera in English, based on Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona.
Composer, Arranger, M.D., Co-Producer
Lucid Arts and Music;
Anna Gregory, director; Becca Marriott, librettist
Tête à Tête Festival, Riverside Studios, Aug 2012
"A treat of quality, four-ply comedy ... it's ages since I laughed this much at an opera, let alone a Baroque opera" - Paul Kilbey, One Stop Arts * * * *
The Open Cage
A modern re-telling of the Icarus myth.
Lucid Arts and Music; Oliver Weeks, Music Director, Riitta Hakkarainen, designer, Adam Donen and Adam Horovitz, librettists
The Yard Theatre, Hackney
The inventive production did much with sparse resources – I loved the projection and puppetry, and the few props were well placed. There was a real aesthetic unity which well suited the chamber opera scale of the piece, and the music itself was both evocative and immersive, original yet idiomatic. - Alex Stevens, Classical Music Magazine
An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, for a family audience.
Composer, Conductor, Co-producer
Lucid Arts and Music and TARA Arts; Jatinder Verma, director,
Farrukh Dhondy, librettist
Tête à Tête Festival,
Riverside Studios, August 2012
"Farrukh Dhondy has adapted the stories with a jokey freshness. He has his own ways of making it delightfully informal. It's got plenty of bouncy tunes to engage young listeners as well as a contemporary music feel for parental opera buffs. There is delightfully jazzy touch at some points" - Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide
"Pithy, witty and wryly entertaining" - Saleesh Ram, Eastern Eye