East London’s down-and-dirty opera festival is back, with a season of reworked classics and forgotten librettos that will defy your expectations of the genre.
Now in its twelfth year, Grimeborn excels at making the artform relevant to a 21st century audience, and this year’s event kicks off with a daring new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. The edgy reboot, directed by Julia Burbach, explores the representation of women, from ancient myths to the #MeToo movement.
Another classic to be given the Grimeborn treatment is a contemporary Carmen set in the present day traveller community, featuring forbidden love, original gypsy folk songs – and cagefighting.
Grimeborn is one of the most affordable ways to see opera in London featuring some of the most talented rising stars, and the intimate scale of the Arcola really helps to bring home the musicianship and sheer physicality of the artform.
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By Abi Silvester