New Glyndebourne Opera, Full of Sex, Drugs, and Terrorists, Aimed at Young-Adult Audiences

Classic Arts News   New Glyndebourne Opera, Full of Sex, Drugs, and Terrorists, Aimed at Young-Adult Audiences
 
Glyndebourne, the East Sussex opera house, is developing a new opera to lure younger audiences, the London Guardian reports.

Tangier Tattoo has music by John Lunn and a libretto by Stephen Plaice. The "operatic thriller," as it is billed, tells the story of a young British tourist who finds himself embroiled in a drug deal gone wrong, and has elements of sex, terrorism, and betrayal.

According to the Guardian, the story was rewritten after September 11 to make it more relevant.

In addition, the score blends traditional orchestral music with electronic music.

David Pickard, the opera house's general director, said, "It's quite racy. That's partly because we wanted to create a piece that that particular age group could relate to."

In order to draw younger audiences to the opera, the company has cut ticket prices, and it developed Tangier Tattoo in workshops with young adults.

The opera will open in October at Glyndebourne, and then go on tour.


Recommended Reading: