The Fire Of Olympus
or, On Sticking It To The Man
- Anthony Peter
- Composer / Director
- Tim Benjamin
- Music Director
- Ellie Slorach
- Lara Booth
“My fellow Olympians...”
The Fire of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man is a new opera by Tim Benjamin, produced by Radius Opera, touring the north of England in 2019.
A re-imagining of Greek mythology, our new production begins with the Greek legends of Prometheus and Pandora, and ends up in the very modern world of today — taking in pranksters, subversive protest movements, supermax prisons, and the charm (or otherwise) of our dear leaders: our Presidents.
“A radical new opera, resonant with and relevant to the modern world, filled with drama, passion, politics, tragedy, and comedy”
The Fire of Olympus is a modern-day version of the legends of Prometheus and Pandora, in which Zeus is the charming, all-poweful, yet much-resented President of Olympus. Advised by the apparently faithful Hephaestus and Pandora, his rule is facing protest and revolution - egged on by the brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus. But one day, they take things too far...
Sung in English, The Fire Of Olympus is modelled on Handel’s Italian operas, and features powerful, accessible music and thought-provoking drama.
The Fire of Olympus offers a unique opportunity for amateur singers to take part.
Choirs drawn from across the north of England will join workshops, learning about the opera and singing key parts of the music - and receiving expert vocal coaching while they are doing it!
These workshops will be recorded, and the recordings digitally stitched together to form a digital chorus of thousands of voices, which will appear in the theatre in surround sound at important, dramatic moments in the opera itself.
- Zeus: the President of Olympus
- Samuel Oram / Robert Garland (baritone)
- Hephaestus: his Special Adviser
- Jack Roberts / Michael Jones (tenor)
- Pandora: his Assistant
- Charlotte Hoather / Rebecca Moon (soprano)
- Prometheus: an Activist
- Sophie Goldrick / Sophie Dicks (mezzo-soprano)
- Epimetheus: his brother, also an Activist
- Zofia Hanna / Elspeth Marrow (mezzo-soprano)
- Chorus (of thousands)
Tickets will be on sale from March 2019. Check back here or sign up to our mailing list for more
- Mechanics, Burnley
- Saturday 14th September 2019
- Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
- Saturday 21st September 2019
- RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester
- Saturday 28th September 2019
- Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
- Saturday 12th October 2019
- The Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
- Wednesday 30th October 2019
- East Riding Theatre, Beverley
- Friday 1st November 2019
- The Mart Theatre, Skipton
- Saturday 2nd November 2019
- The Hippodrome, Todmorden
- Saturday 9th November 2019