The Midnight Stories

ThousandFurs_SquareThe Midnight Stories is a cycle of three new experimental short operas written specifically for an ensemble of six classically trained actor-musicians.

The first of these operas, Thousand Furs, by librettist Katharine Armitage and composer Michael Betteridge, is based on an earlier, darker version of the Cinderella narrative and was developed in collaboration with Aldeburgh Music’s Open Spaces scheme with performances in London, Aldeburgh and Manchester.

Thousand Furs

Before pumpkins and fairy godmothers, there was Thousand Furs. Cinderella’s murkier, earthier ancestor takes us back to a world ruled by dark desires and fate. A young girl flees a horrifying marriage and must rely on her wits to survive. Told by six singer-instrumentalists, Thousand Furs reveals the heart of this much-loved tale.


  * * * * *  FIVE STARS  Financial Times ” (Thousand Furs) demonstrates how endearingly bizarre contemporary opera can get.” Click here for full review.

  * * * * *  FIVE STARS  BachTrack  “An hour of effervescent creative and musical brilliance…. an  eye-popping display of multi-talented, multitasking bravura.”  Click here for full review.

Performance Tour Summer 2015

9.25pm Thursday 6th August, Hall 2, Kings Place, Tête-à-Tête Festival of New Opera

6pm Friday 7th August, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings

7.45pm Tuesday 11th August, The International Anthony Burgess Institute, Manchester

Cast and Creative Team

Director: Katherine Wilde

Designer: Rachel Szmukler

Musical Director: William Petter

Performers: Kate Smith, Rebecca Lea, Rebecca Anderson, Roderick Morris, Jonathan Ainscough and Oliver Hunt


Production Photographs by Claire Shovelton at The Kings Place for Tête à Tête


Production Photographs taken by Sam Murray Sutton at Snape Maltings for Aldeburgh Music


Production Film taken by Tête à Tête

Re:Sound have been awarded an Emerging Excellence Award through Help Musicians UK for the development of Thousand Furs, and are generously supported by the RVW Trust.

Arts Council England