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Phaedra / Minotaur

Author(s): Benjamin Britten / Kim Brandstrup

Benjamin Britten’s cantata Phaedra was written in 1975 for mezzo-soprano Janet Baker. It was to be Britten’s last vocal work. Whilst often performed in concert, stagings of this intense and erotic work are still rare.

Following the success of Deborah Warner’s production at the Royal Opera House in 2020, music director Richard Hetherington and Olivier award nominee Christine Rice will re-imagine the piece in a piano version, specially developed for the intimate spaces of the Ustinov Studio.

On the day of her wedding to Theseus, Phaedra catches sight of his young son Hippolytus. She falls instantly in love. Consumed by lust and a longing for a love she knows cannot be requited, death will be her only escape.

Phaedra sung by Christine Rice

Director Deborah Warner (Phaedra)
Choreographer Kim Brandstrup (Minotaur)
Designer Anthony McDonald
Lighting Designer Jean Kalman

The cast includes the Royal Ballet’s Kristin McNally and Jonathan Goddard.


Theatre Royal Bath, Bath