The Music Troupe



The Oval Portrait

A visitor arrives at a remote castle and is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman. As her husband painted her, the picture came alive - while she lived on only in his art...

  • 25 minutes
  • 5 voices, 5 instruments
  • Gothic horror

The Art of Venus (August 2016)


In 1914 a suffragette slashed the painting in the National Gallery known as the Rokeby Venus. A hundred years later, the process began to select crews for a one-way mission to Mars. In 2027, as the spacecraft hurtles through space, humanity holds its breath… can the planet be colonised? But has anyone reckoned on Venus? An opera about the power of the gods - and a myth waiting to happen.

  • 35 minutes
  • 5 voices, 4 instruments
  • sci-fi, gods - and Art

The Butterfly's Fatal Spell
(in preparation for 2017)

After a play by the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. In the world of insects, a young Poet Beetle rejects the love of Sylvia and falls instead for a wounded Butterfly. A poignant tale and an opera suitable for all the family.

  • 80 minutes (est)
  • 9 voices, 8 instruments
  • colourful and exotic





Opera With A Title
Tête-à-Tête Festival 2015
Kings Place

Drawn from two little-known plays by Lorca, this features a plot that's surreal and imaginative. A superb cast directed by David Edwards and conducted by Ed Spanjaard premiered the work which was supported by the RVW Trust, the Golsoncott Foundation and the Gemma Classical Music Trust.

  • 50 minutes
  • 5 voices, 4 instruments
  • dreamlike and poetic drama




An Opera of Daniel
Newbury &
Brighton Fringe 2015

A re-working of the medieval Play of Daniel - arranged for choir, soloists, saxophone, double bass, keyboard and drum kit.




The Catfish Conundrum

Brighton Fringe 2015
The Warren

Tête-à-Tête Festival 2014
Kings Place

Light-hearted, but with some serious underlying issues, this work re-visits a controversial exhibition of contemporary art in 1971. A virtuoso piece for 5 singers with violin and cello - and a set featuring an inflatable paddling pool

  • 40 minutes
  • 5 voices, 2 instruments
  • operetta, lyrical music
  • Is this Art?




Arlington Arts 2014

Holst's chamber opera




six characters in search of a stage
Mini tour 2014
incl Brighton Fringe
The Forge, Camden

Six Characters appear before a confused opera director to show and sing their own story...

  • 55 minutes
  • no sets
  • 5 voices, 5 (or 2) instruments
  • surreal drama