A Buxton International Festival Platform 3 Production
Jonathan Dove (b.1959)
’Princesses do not marry pigs. That’s not the way life should be.’ Princess Flora’s world is changed forever by a surprising turn of events. Our story follows three princesses who ignore the king’s request: do not enter the locked room containing the Book of Fate. Upon entering the room the princesses’ fates are sealed and, whilst Mab and Dot are set to marry kings, Flora must marry a pig! Of course, this pig is a handsome prince under a witch’s curse.
Taking her fate into her own hands, Flora ventures to the ends of the earth to free him from the spell. This fantastical story takes us across the universe and shows us the good, old-fashioned power
Premiering at the Young Vic in 2006, The Enchanted Pig is a community opera. The story has roots in Romanian and Norwegian folk tales, and blends the worlds of opera, musical theatre, vaudeville, and musical comedy. It’s the perfect opera for families, and for those who are new to the opera world.
This production is performed, directed and created entirely by young artists. They first performed The Enchanted Pig in February 2020 for Manchester University Music Society at the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall. Thanks to the support of BIF and their ‘Platform 3’ initiative, a unique opportunity has been created to showcase the work again.
With special thanks to Manchester University Music Society, the University of Manchester and the staff at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama.
Libretto by Alasdair Middleton. Sung in English.
Nick Bond Director/Co-Producer
Katherine Stonham Conductor
Ellie Klouda Designer
Thomas Clough Co-Producer
Max Macmillan Répétiteur
Katherine Macaulay Flora
Jonny Reynolds Pig
Freya Parry Adelaide
Verity Stroud Old Woman/Book of Fate
Ellie Klouda Mab/Mrs Northwind
Molly Sprouting Dot
Thomas Clough King Hildebrand
Harry Dichmont Sun/King of the East
Grace Gammell Day
Tom Green Moon
Dexter Drown King of the West
Dominic Carver Mr Northwind