VB Opera 2024: Pergolesi’s L'OLIMPIADE

The libretto of L’Olimpiade or The Olympiad was set to music by over fifty composers, making it one of the most popular in opera history. Based on the story of the ‘Trial of the Suitors’ by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, it has all the materials necessary for a work of high drama – loyal friends, crossed lovers, secret backstories, deception, disguise, and possible ruin.

For our 2024 Summer production, a cast of seven will deliver the story through Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s thrilling Italian arias and a newly-created English script by director Laura Attridge. This Summer please join us at The Vache, HP8 4SD 3pm ’til late on…

SAT 31 AUG
Sun 1 SEPT

SAT 7 SEPT
SUN 8 SEPT

In true VB Festival fashion the grounds will become an extension of the stage, with sports-themed activities and immersive elements from the ‘Trial’ filling the hours before the main show. When the gun sounds, the opera will take just over two hours including an interval – a fast-paced, energetic performance reflecting the dash-to-the-line of this Olympic story.

Who will win? Who will lose? Let the games begin.

CAST & COMPANY

Aoife Miskelly Licida
Nazan Fikret Aristea
Natasha Page Megacle
Bechara Moufarrej Clistene
Shafali Jalota Argene
Frances Gregory Alcandro
Robert Forrest Aminta

Jonathan Darbourne Music Director
Laura Attridge
Director; Script Writer
Caitlin Abbott
Designer
Josie Ireland 
Lighting Designer
Ami Nagano
Movement Director*
Rachel Wise
Associate Director
Beri Valentine Stage Manager