In this vibrant production, devised by acclaimed director Peter Sellars, the rich and transcendent score of Purcell’s final unfinished opera is reworked around a new text and the inclusion of a number of Purcell’s most ravishing religious anthems.
This new retelling of The Indian Queen recounts the initial confrontation between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World through a personal account from the female perspective, which Sellars has based on The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar.
The production is a spectacle of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art and features stunning set designs from LA-based graffiti artist, Gronk.
The musical team is led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, artistic director of major early music festivals in Britain and Germany. With an integral contribution from the ENO Chorus, the cast of The Indian Queen includes the exceptional young soprano Julia Bullock, for whom Sellars created the role, and leading British lyric soprano Lucy Crowe.
The Indian Queen is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 40mins
Pre-performance talk:with opera and theatre historian Sarah Lenton plus conductor Laurence Cummings : 2 Mar, 5–5.45pm, £5/£2.50 concs.
Signed performance 9 Mar.
Co-production with Perm State Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid.
New production supported by George and Patti White and a syndicate of individual donors.
The Indian Queen cast and creative team
Conductor Laurence Cummings
Director Peter Sellars
Set Designer Gronk
Costume Designer Dunya Ramicova
Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls
Choreographer Christopher Williams
Libretto: Songs and hymns by Purcell, with texts by Katherine Philips, George Herbert et al. Spoken texts by Rosario Aguilar from The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma
Teculihuatzin/Doña Luisa Julia Bullock
Doña Isabel Lucy Crowe
Hunahpú Vince Yi
Ixbalanqué Anthony Roth Costanzo
Don Pedro de Alvado Noah Stewart
Don Pedrarias Dávila Thomas Walker
Sacerdote Maya Luthando Qave