“All those years, I never wanted these people. And now I can’t be rid of them”
Trapped in a Purgatorial space peopled with four significant characters from his life, Occō forces them to perform, for you, his imaginary audience.
Daniel Saleeb’s Occo’s Eternal Act – a chamber opera for five voices with a libretto by Oge Nwosu will be performed by Hoc Opera with singers and piano at London’s V&A on Saturday 20th January.
The piece was written over the course of a Masters in Opera Making & Writing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama last year. It grew over the course of a year of extended collaborative work with the writer Oge Nwosu, with mentorship from Julian Philips, Richard Baker and Stephen Plaice. It was brought spectacularly to life in its premiere performances at Milton Court Studio Theatre in July 2017 by Dominic Wheeler, Martin Lloyd-Evans, a band of 8 players and a fantastic cast of five singers, including an intensely engaging Bertie Watson taking the lead as Occō.
This Saturday the piece is being revived as part of the V&A’s free Opera Weekender series, which is tied to their current exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. It was designed for an audience up close, so Saleeb which makes the setting idealTickets & Info