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The Arsonists: A Tragi-Comic Opera about Love and Economics

Date - Sat 18 Nov 2017

Time - 7.30 pm

Duration - 2 hours

Cost - Ticket application via BBC Shows

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - New Adelphi Theatre, New Adelphi building, Peel Park campus, M5 4BR


A Heritage Opera/Savvy Productions co-production, in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic.

Event details

World première performance.

Ian McMillan and Alan Edward Williams’ opera opens with a news report of a fire which has destroyed Megaboxx – the only large employer in the town. Police suspect arson, and one person is feared dead. We go back to reveal who has a reason to burn the place down, and who is dead – and why is Roy the boss coming back to Slackpit undercover? This is a ‘whydunnit’ as well as a ‘whodunnit’, and combines edgy contemporary textures with musical-theatre style ‘big tunes’. It’s also the first opera ever written to be sung entirely in a Northern English accent.

Matthew Kellett Frank
Richard Woodall Roy
Serenna Wagner Paulina
Nicholas Sales George
Sarah Helsby Hughes Gloria

Clark Rundell conductor

The evening is brought to you as part of the Red Brick Sessions - a series created by the BBC Philharmonic, in partnership with the University of Salford - bringing audience immersion and new technology to the forefront.

This performance is presented as part of New Music North West 2017, a major festival showcasing new music in our region. Full details of the Festival can be found here:

*Composer Alan Edward Williams is Professor of Collaborative Composition at the University of Salford and worked with Salford colleague Philip Tipton to develop techniques for writing and performing opera in a Northern accent.

Please apply for free tickets through BBC Shows. Tickets will be allocated via random draw. You can apply for a maximum of two tickets.

Ticket applications will be open from 10am on Monday 30 October until 10pm on Sunday 5 November via the BBC Shows and Tours website Please note that audiences attending shows at all venues must bring photo ID.

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University of Salford Events Team