May 3—12, 2013
The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street NYC

For children 8+ and imaginations of all ages!

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The Composers

David Bruce


Glyn Maxwell


The Cast

Mary Bevan (Lila)


James Laing (Hamlet)


Amar Muchhala (Chulak)


Wyn Pencarreg (Lalchand)


Andrew Slater (Rambashi)


The Musicians

Owen Dalby


Bridget Kibbey


Danielle Kuhlmann

French Horn

Doug Balliett


Stas Venglevski


Lance Suzuki


Sarah Beaty


Britton Matthews


Luke Rinderknecht


Creative Team

John Fulljames


Andrew Cyr


Dick Bird


Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Indefinite Articles

Puppetry Design

The Firework Maker's Daughter

About the Opera

Metropolis Ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, is delighted to announce its collaboration with The Opera Group and Opera North: "The Firework Maker's Daughter" a new opera by David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell based on the enchanting novel by acclaimed author Philip Pullman. The family-friendly production will be presented May 3-12, 2013 at The New Victory Theater in New York City.

This captivating opera tells the story of one girl's quest to become a firework maker. Determined to master Crackle Dragons, Leaping Monkeys and Golden Sneezes, Lila tests her talents and gambles her good fortune as she parlays with pirates, grapples with ghosts and faces off with a ferocious fire-fiend.

"The Firework Maker's Daughter" features an internationally-inspired score by David Bruce and a witty libretto by Glyn Maxwell and a cast of five artists who enliven shadow puppets from Cambridge, England's Indefinite Articles. Metropolis artists, including nine players, will perform this chamber opera in two acts, set in a fantastical land where animals talk, goddesses reign and imps dwell.

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About the Production

"The Firework Maker's Daughter" makes its world premiere at Hull Truck in Yorkshire on March 23, 2013 and tours the UK including two weeks at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in April, before coming to America and The New Victory Theater in May. Located in the heart of Times Square and 42nd Street, this historic jewel box theater (the oldest operating in New York City) is tricked out especially for families.

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The Opera Group has a vision of opera as a vibrant, living art form and is committed to introducing young and new audiences to opera. For over ten years, The Opera Group has been touring opera and music theatre across the UK and internationally - recreating rarely performed gems and commissioning fresh new works from artists of the future. Inspired by the rapidly changing world around us, the starting point for everything we do is discovery - identifying great stories and discovering new ways to tell those stories to our ever changing audience. The company received the Evening Standard Best Musical Award for Street Scene as well as the British Composer Award for Best Stagework for Birds. Barks. Bones. Into the Little Hill was short listed for The Southbank Show Award for Opera and The Enchanted Pig was short listed for the Royal Philharmonic Society's Best Opera and Music Theatre Award.

Opera North is England's national opera company and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, the Company also creates smaller-scale projects that bring together music, words and theatre in new and surprising combinations, and programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, with an enormous diversity of activities that make connections between the classical and the contemporary. The Company's core artistic ensembles, the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, are renowned for the consistent excellence of their work, and the Orchestra, under the inspired leadership of its Music Director Richard Farnes, also leads an energetic life on the concert platform and in the recording studio. Opera North Education takes the Company into the heart of the community and demonstrates, year after year, the power of the arts in general, and opera in particular, to transform lives.

Integral to the work of the Royal Opera House is its contemporary programming. ROH2 adds diversity to the Royal Opera House programme and gives opportunities for performers and audiences to experiment and collaborate in vibrant, creative ways. ROH2 commissions and produces opera and dance for the Linbury Studio Theatre, Clore Studio Upstairs and the Paul Hamlyn Hall, as well as a programme of festivals and artist development initiatives.

The creative hub at the heart of Watford, the Palace Theatre engages people through commissioning, creating and presenting high-quality theatre, and developing audiences, artists and communities through exciting opportunities to participate. Contributing to the identity of Watford and Hertfordshire, the Palace enriches people's lives, increases pride in the town, and raises the profile of the area through its work.


Co-produced by The Opera Group and Opera North in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre. Co-commissioned by The Opera Group and ROH2. Orchestral Partner: Metropolis Ensemble.

Art credit for The New Victory Theater: Tom Slaughter. Photos courtesy of Robert Workman.