ENO Studio Live: The Day After

30 Apr - 2 May 2020

Doors: 19:00

When Phaeton seeks the rewards of a God, his arrogance costs the earth.

Based on the myth of Phaeton from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera uses the apocalyptic vision of the sun scorching the earth to explore the issue of climate change. Set after a global catastrophe, the survivors relive the events that led to disaster.

This choral version of the opera, with a libretto from April de Angelis, was written specifically for ENO’s award-winning Chorus. Jamie Manton returns to direct this ‘darkly atmospheric’ (The Guardian) production, with designs by Linbury Prize winner Camilla Clarke.

★★★★ – The Guardian

★★★★ – The Observer

★★★★ – The Stage

ENO Studio Live
ENO Studio Live is part of ENO’s investment in talent development. This series of performances enables their Staff Directors to create and deliver their own fully staged productions within a studio environment. It also allows scope for members of the ENO Chorus to take on principal roles.

Licensed by arrangement with Peters Edition Limited, London.

Originally commissioned by Holland Opera with assistance from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation. First performed by Holland Opera at Fort Rhijnauwen in the province of Utrecht, on 29 June 2015.

Running time
75 minutes without an interval

Tickets start at £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket.

The performance contains one scene with mild adult content and scenes with flashing lights.

Creative Team

Mark Biggins                 Conductor

Jamie Manton               Director

Camilla Clarke               Designer

Tom Mannings              Lighting Designer

Jasmine Ricketts           Movement Director


Claire Mitcher                 Young Woman

Susanna Tudor-Thomas           Old Woman

Elgan Llyr Thomas                     Young Man/Phaeton

Robert Winslade Anderson      Old Man/Phoebus

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Date Doors open Start time End time
30 Apr 2020 19:00 20:00 22:00
1 May 2020 19:00 20:00 22:00
2 May 2020 14:00 15:00 17:00
2 May 2020 18:00 19:00 21:00

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