Today, the Surrey Opera presents the world première of Louis Mander's opera The Life to Come, with a libretto by Stephen Fry after E. M. Forster's short story.
It is the composer's second opera after The Fallen Soldier (Belsize Opera, 2017).
A story of fated love between an African Prince and a zealous British Missionary. It addresses spiritual and religious conflicts amidst the tension between prejudices and freedom in Colonial Africa in the early 20th Century. (reproduced from the composer's website)The cast includes tenor Martin Lindau (Paul Pinmay), baritone Jolyon Loy (Ronald), baritone Themba Mvula (Vithobai), baritone Jonathan Forbes Kennedy (Rev. Tregold) and mezzo Hannah Poulsom (Verily Romily). Jonathan Butcher conducts and directs. The venue is the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey. Further performances in Croydon and Brighton in October.
The performance should last about 1 hour and 50 minutes, with one intermission.
The opera will also be performed by the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, conducted by tone Bianca Dahl and directed by Einar Bjørge.