Jonathan Dove

The Day After

Phaeton fancies himself a God, but his youthful impetuousness leads to disaster and tragedy. Dove's opera based on a myth suddenly feels very timely...

When Phaeton seeks the rewards of a God, his arrogance costs the earth.

Based on the myth of Phaeton from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera uses the apocalyptic vision of the sun scorching the earth to explore the issue of climate change. Set after a global catastrophe, the survivors relive the events that led to disaster.

This choral version of the opera, with a libretto from April de Angelis, was written specifically for ENO’s award-winning Chorus. Jamie Manton returns to direct this ‘darkly atmospheric’ (The Guardian) production at Alexandra Palace, with designs by Linbury Prize winner Camilla Clarke.

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We have created a series of performances that enable our Staff Directors to create and deliver their own fully staged productions within a studio environment. It also gives members of the ENO Chorus a chance to take on principal roles.

Licensed by arrangement with Peters Edition Limited, London.

Originally commissioned by Holland Opera with assistance from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation. First performed by Holland Opera at Fort Rhijnauwen in the province of Utrecht, on 29 June 2015.

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The Stage

Running Time
1hrs 15mins

This is an opera in one act. There is no interval.


Tickets start at £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket.

Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage

The performance contains one scene with mild adult content and scenes with flashing lights.

All performances are at Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY >>

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