Leading opera composer Judith Weir reimagines the Sicilian folktale Misfortune in a modern day setting for Miss Fortune, a vibrant, new production at the Royal Opera House.
Miss Fortune follows the daughter of a rich family as she turns her back on her inherited wealth to make her own way in the world – often with unfortunate results.
Not many operas combine great music with breakdancing and a burning kebab van, but Miss Fortune does all this and more under the direction of Chen Shi-Zheng (his spectacular staging of Monkey: Journey to the West was presented at the Royal Opera House in 2008).
This new, approachable and engaging opera had its premiere at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2011 and now comes to the Royal Opera stage with the same acclaimed cast – Emma Bell sings the title role and former Jette Parker Young Artist singer Jacques Imbrailo plays her eventual love Simon. Paul Daniel conducts this effective and atmospheric score in a visually beautiful and inventive production whose story is funny, touching, moral and contemporary.
Miss Fortune continues the Royal Opera House’s series of high-profile new works that have included Anna Nicole, The Tempest and The Minotaur.
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