Folie à Deux is opera, but not as you know it. If the lighting technology and electro-magnetic harp isn’t enough to set it apart from your usual opera performance, the location should be — it takes place in London’s only lighthouse.
Mahogany Opera Group’s Folie à Deux is a collaboration between British composer Emily Hall and Icelandic writer and long-time Bjork collaborator Sjon. It’s the second event in Urban Tales, a series of cultural experiences showcasing artists from all disciplines in unexpected locations.
Folie à Deux will be performed at Trinity Buoy Wharf (directly across the river from The O2) on 23 September as part of Totally Thames Festival.
The performance itself is described as “part staged performance, part concept album”, but the music is only part of the evening. It begins with a boat ride from London Bridge City Pier, offering a chance to see the sights from the river. There’s a drink on arrival at Trinity Buoy Wharf, and street food available to buy throughout the evening.