seven velvet suits
Paris: July 1925. Maverick composer, Erik Satie is dead. A group of friends make their way to his apartment which none of them have been allowed to enter for 27 years.
Performed by an actor and a baritone, workshOPERA bring Satie’s world to life through a new, audience immersive song-cycle.
Through the composer’s numerous writings, musings and unsent love letters, the audience, along with Satie's brother Conrad, will discover the eccentricities of this extraordinary figure: his identical velvet suits he bought to avoid the hassle of what to wear, his commitment to only eating white foods and, most painfully, his one, tortured love affair with a beautiful young artist...
In his 150th anniversary year, Seven Velvet Suits allows us into the private, eccentric playspace of one of the 20th Century’s most revolutionary artists and allows a brother to rediscover the sibling he never fully understood.
Praise for workshOPERA and Anna Pool, Artistic Director:
“Brilliant fun with a bravura score * * * *” The Guardian
“Vivid, well sprung and aptly festive in spirit,” Opera Magazine
“Truly genre breaking… an exciting example of how opera can break creatively into new spaces,” Bachtrack, 2015
This production of Seven Velvet Suits has been made possible through generous support from:
Mr Matthew & Mrs Victoria Moore
Kent Blaxhill Decorating Supplies
We are exceptionally grateful to Markson Pianos, who carefully hand-picked the piano for our production.www.marksonpianos.com
We would also like to thank Nuanced, Cause4 and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for their continued advice and support.