Army of lovers

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Army of Lovers is a one-act opera for male voices. Set during the last days of the Sacred Band of Thebes - the army written about by Plutarch that derived its power from the strength of the bond between each pair of its 300 lovers.

It is a tale of love, violence, faith, patriotism and identity. Charting wars that were fought and won or lost according to the bonds that tied the army of lovers together.

A fabulous cast of singers will be led by the counter-tenor Derek Lee Ragin who was the voice of Farinelli in the eponymous film. Music composed by Mark Springer (founder member of Rip Rig + Panic with Neneh Cherry); Libretto by David Flusfeder (award-winning author of John the Pupil and The Gift); Movement by Maxine Braham.

In the first half there will be a performance of Mark Springer’s new music for piano - four hands, two pianists, one piano. Performed on a full size Fazioli concert grand. On sale at the performances there will be an official CD of the whole evening’s music, released on the Exit label www., and a book containing the libretto.
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Alexander Gebhard/tenor
Derek Lee Ragin /Counter Tenor
Emanuel Papadopoulos /Lyric Baritone
Samuel Lom / bass baritone 

Piano - Mark Springer
Piano - Ben Schoeman
Double Bass - Ben Groenevelt

Composer - Mark Springer
Libretto - David Flusfeder
Director - Anthony Biggs
Movement - Maxine Braham
Costume - Anna Bevan
Producer - Amanda Waggott
Production Manager - Isabella Strada
Stage Manager - Ruth Endersby
Marketing - Sophie Relf
Graphic Design - Carla Evans
Recommended for ages 12+
The running time is TBC.

13th, 14th, 15th November 2019
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £22

Concession (Student, unemployed, over 60, Under 26)

10 for £10 
Cheap tickets for those who need them!


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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