Seven angels have fallen through space and time for so long, they have forgotten why.
Music by Luke Bedford
Words by Glyn Maxwell
Seven angels have fallen through space and time for so long, they have forgotten why. Coming to rest on a desert landscape, they imagine the creation of a legendary garden that once flourished there and its destruction from greed and neglect.
Inspired by Paradise Lost, Seven Angels interprets the themes of John Milton’s masterpiece for a modern audience facing up to the urgent challenges of a changing climate and ever-depleting resources.
Featuring seven singers and a live chamber orchestra, Luke Bedford’s music is dark but seductive, tense but lyrical and integrates both solo voices and choral textures. The opera’s post-apocalyptic landscape was realised by Japanese artist Tadasu Takamine.
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
Linbury Studio Theatre, London
Commissioned and produced by The Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with funds generously provided by the John Feeney Charitable Trust
The opera was developed with the support of a Jerwood Opera Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music.
The production was made possible with the support of the Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This work was made possible with the support of funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Wales and Foyle Foundation.
The Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group production, co-produced with ROH2 and Tramway presents.
Photographer: Alistair Muir