Classic operas given a queer twist with Opera Undone
Opera Undone is a double-bill of Tosca and La bohème that’s coming to London’s Trafalgar Studios in February.
Opera Undone is part of the opera programming from King’s Head Theatre – a long-standing hub of queer theatre in London. Opera Undone sees famous operas radically re-imagined in a 60-minute format and sung entirely in English.
Whether you’re already a fan of opera, or just starting to discover the art-form, this promises to be an extraordinarily accessible way to experience two famous operatic tales of love, heartbreak and deception.
La bohème is the classic tale that was the inspiration for the musical Rent. It’s given another twist here as it becomes a thoroughly modern look at relationships, addiction and co-dependency in London’s hip and happening Peckham. On-off couple Marcello (Marcus) and Musetta (Melissa) navigate the emotional complexities of a polyamorous relationship, whilst flatmate Rodolfo’s (Rod) gratification on Grindr is disrupted when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Mimi (Luca).
Tosca is an electrifying tale of love, lies and abuse in present-day Hollywood. Amidst the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town, an all-powerful producer preys on an actress, seeking to manipulate and distort her relationship with an up-and-coming screenwriter for his own nefarious and troubling purposes.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, will direct the production, with musical direction from David Eaton.
Casting has now been announced. Fiona Finsbury and Honey Rouhani will share the roles of Musetta (Melissa) and Tosca, with Robert Barbaro, Philip Lee and Roger Paterson sharing the roles of Cavaradossi, Rodolfo (Rod) and Mimi (Luca) and Michael Georgiou and Hugo Herman Wilson sharing the roles of Scarpia and Marcello (Marcus).