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The Schmuerz - Philip Venables/Michael J. Brett WORLD PREMIERE

A music theatre piece for 4 soloists, chorus, tape and accordion based on " The Empire Builders" by Boris Vian.

The story follows the declining fortunes of the Duponts, a bourgeois family being hounded from apartment to apartment by a mysterious noise that takes up residence with them wherever they go. The noise is difficult to identify and impossible to bear. It is something that disturbs, dominates and drives the action towards death, doom and disaster.

The impact of the opera is driven by the human voice. This extraordinary force is so rarely fully explored in new opera and music theatre today.

This is a LCO commission supported with funds from LCO , the PRS Foundation and the Ralph Vaughan-Williams Trust.

Workshop dates October 7th - October 19th 2013 - London

Full production 2015