JONATHAN DOVE The Monster in the Maze: a new opera for children (semi-staged) (French premiere, LSO co-commission)
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Damien Bigourdan Theseus
Lucie Roche mother
Damien Pass Dedalus
Miloud Khétib Minos
Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée
London Symphony Orchestra
Alasdair Middleton libretto
Marie-Ève Signeyrole stage director
Simon Halsey choral director
Sir Simon Rattle conducts a new children's opera, The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove.
The opera involves a large choir and orchestra with a mix of professional and student singers and players from the local area, and tells the story of the rescue from the Labyrinth, by Theseus, of young Athenians sent to Crete as a sacrifice to the Minotaur.
The opera was co-commissioned by the LSO with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. It received its world premiere in Berlin in June and London premiere at the Barbican on 5 July.