The Original Chinese Conjuror
23 August 2018, 7.30pm
24 August, 7.30pm
25 August, 2.30pm
Music by Raymond Yiu
Libretto by Lee Warren
William Robinson is a struggling magician at the start of the 20th century, propped up by his ever loving wife, Dot, and paling under the shadow of the greatest magician of the time, ‘Herrmann the Great’.
His fortunes drastically change, however, when William discovers that all his act needs is another element of illusion - the adoption of the persona of ‘The Original Chinese Conjuror’ …
Raymond Yiu’s hilarious and poignant opera premiered at Aldeburgh in 2006, before transferring to London’s Almeida Theatre.
The Left Bank Opera Fesitval 2018 is supported by Arts Council England, Arts@Leeds, the Emerald Foundation, the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, and the Sir George Martin Trust.
Praise for the production
4* The Guardian (Andrew Clements): "The strange case of magician Chung Ling Soo’s fatal encounter with a bullet is told with verve is this revival of Raymond Yiu’s music theatre gem [...] [The opera's] outstanding qualities – economical, unfussy drama combined with a wryly witty text and a score that careers happily from Broadway musical to 1960s expressionism via tango and Edwardian vaudeville – have stayed as fresh as ever. It’s a tautly choreographed show, conducted with real punch by Lewis Gaston." (26 August 2018)
Production photographs (credit Pelly & Me Photography)
Accordion | Milos Milivojevic
Clarinet | Antonio Perez-Barrera
Double Bass | Anita Santinelli
Keyboard | Jill Fogden
Percussion | Aidan Marsden
Violin | Elizabeth Lister