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New OperaShots from names famous outside the world of opera, with unexpected subjects and novel approaches. Read More >

ROH2 has commissioned an exciting array of composers and writers to tackle head on what opera is and what it might become in the 21st century. These new OperaShots come from names famous outside the world of opera, with unexpected subjects and novel approaches.

The Tell-Tale Heart brings together Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic horror and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland, while The Doctor’s Tale, from composer Anne Dudley (The Full Monty, The Art of Noise) and librettist Terry Jones (Monty Python), unveils a Python-esque story of a doctor whose devoted patients rush to the rescue after he is forced to stop practising.

For more about OperaShots at the Linbury Studio read “It’s not a mission to write a new Mozart”.

Learn more about London operas within the West End.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 08/04/2011

Closing Night: 16/04/2011

Running time: 2h10

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Cast & Creative


Heart: Richard Suart, Philip Sheffield, Eileen Hulse, Fiona Kimm, Richard Strivens. Tale: Harriett Williams, Sadhbh Dennedy, Carolyn Dobbin, Darren Abrahams, Peter Willcock, Susan Gorton, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Michael Bracegirdle.


Director - Heart: Jonathan Moore. Tale: Terry Jones.

Producer - ROH2

Designer - Soutra Gilmour

Conductor - Heart: Robert Ziegler. Tale: Tim Murray.

Lighting Designer - Charles Balfour

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