The No.11 Bus
Director, Kristiina Helin, takes Peter Maxwell Davies’ apocalyptic yet comical music-theatre piece about the bus route through London, and transforms it into a full-blown, operatic triumph.
Though the work is a living snapshot of the 1980’s, this fine production by the Finnish Chamber Opera brings the action forward to the present day: offering a bitter critique of preaching (be it through religion or commerce) and excessive consumption.
Characters lifted from the faces of tarot cards interact with the every-day in a world where medieval symbolism and modern surrealism meet.
Rated for mature audiences only.
“… Vary conducts a masterly ensemble of players with a skill that is characteristic to every detail in this production, from the casting to the large-scale, staging decisions.”
(Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki)
Composition & libretto: Peter Maxwell Davies.
Conductor: Benjamin Vary
Director: Kristiina Helin
Scenery and puppets: Kaisa Rasila
Costumes and masks: Emilia Eriksson
Puppet choreography: Satu Paavola
Producer: Risto Hirvonen
Essi Luttinen (mezzo soprano)
Petri Bäckström (tenor)
Jussi Merikanto (bass baritone)
Reijo Kela (dance & improvisations)
Esko Mäkelä (improvisations)
Orchestra (6 musicians):
Bernadette Bogányi (flute/piccolo)
Eeva Mäenluoma (clarinet/bass clarinet)
Tuomo Lassila (percussion)
Harri Karri (piano/celeste)
Jukka Merjonen (violin)
Joel Laakso (violoncello)