Independent Opera — Biedermann and the Arsonists

14, 17 &19 Nov 2015

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


"Don’t you know the thrill that fire has to offer? The first feeble flames, the sirens in the distance, the howling of dogs, the ear piercing screams…and ashes."

Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells marks its 10th year with the UK premiere of Šimon Voseček’s Biedermann and the Arsonists, based on the classic absurdist play by Swiss dramatist and novelist Max Frisch, in a new translation by David Pountney.

The production is directed by the 2015 Independent Opera Director Fellow Max Hoehn. Timothy Redmond conducts the Britten Sinfonia, and Mark Le Brocq and Leigh Melrose head a superb cast including some of the finest UK-trained singers.

Frisch’s provocative parable of middle class life follows the downfall of the complacent and weak-willed Gottlieb Biedermann, a successful businessman faced with the arrival of two sinister strangers in his attic.

We are pleased to announce the casting for the run of Biedermann and the Arsonists at Lilian Baylis Studio.

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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