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An operatic thriller in three acts
Tangiers, the crossroads of two civilisations, where East meets West. Nick, a young backpacker meets Nadine, a beautiful American girl. At a cafe in the old city, they are caught up in a drug exchange that goes wrong, in which two European drug-dealers are gunned down. They escape the shoot-out with as briefcase full of money. Holed up in a seedy hotel, they decide they are going to have the time of their lives. But that night Nadine reveals to Nick a mysterious tattoo that she has had done in the city, the female half of a tattoo representing 'perfect love'...
Composer John Lunn
Book and lyrics Stephen Plaice
Directed by Stephen Langridge
Designed by Alison Chitty
Conducted by James Morgan
Movement by Phillippe Giraudeau
Lighting Design by Paul Pyant
Glyndebourne on Tour Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus
Starring: Katherine Rohrer, Roland Davitt, Julian Forsythe, Rachid Sabitri, Omar Ebrahim, Jonathan Best, Rodney Clarke
Première at Glyndebourne October 22nd 2005. See Glyndebourne website for touring dates.
'If every opera production were like this, the genre would soon shake off
its cumbersome geriatric image.'
Richard Morrison The Times.
'Well, the work might be unashamedly targeted at twentysomethings, but
those expecting a patronisingly poppy 'youf' experience should be pleasantly surprised ... Lunn's score is certainly operatic, accessible, melodic and eclectic ... Plaice's sex'n'drugs in Morocco storyline would make a decent TV drama ... the cast are uniformly excellent ... The whooping and whistling at the end indicated that the work's target audience approved. This fiftysomething did, too.'
David Gillard Daily Mail
'With its topical themes of drug-running and terrorism, the plot is sharp
and smart, if initially slow-burning, and Plaice's libretto is promising.'
Edward Seckerson The Independent
'Most worrying of all is the sense that any self-respecting youth audience
is going to see through Glyndebourne's attempt to get with the kids as a
patronising gesture of trendy inclusivity.'
Tom Service The Guardian
'Wow, how cool is that, man !... Derivative drivel like this will never
convert the iPod generation'
Rupert Christiansen The Daily Telegraph
'If I was introducing someone to the opera, I would take them to this
- and I'll be going home and telling all my friends,"Oh my God, I've
been to the opera!" '
Alex of the Suffrajets, also in The Guardian