Online show

This multi-disciplinary project combines Vivaldi’s famous violin concerts with Goethe’s epistolary novel to take its audience on a journey into the mind of the tortured anti-hero Werther. Different art forms reframe and reimagine one another to form an original vision of two traditional works: united by their sense of drama, characterisation and feeling. With interactions between actor and violinist, this production develops the drama inherent in Vivaldi’s music into a bold new reading of these two well-loved narratives: where the dramatic movements of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons interweave with Goethe’s text to bring its haunting story to life.

Available to watch online from 1st - 31st August 2021 at

2018 - 2019: Opera in the City Festival returns and commissions the new opera FAUST, ALBERTA

2018's highlights included the in-house season 'Underworld' with ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 - 1787) and FAUST, ALBERTA, a new opera by award-winning composer Simone Spagnolo. The mono-opera explores the story of Doctor Faustus and his fatal deal with Mephistopheles from a contemporary angle, starring baritone Benjamin Bevan, whose engagements include Henry Cuffe in Britten’s Gloriana and Der Sprecher in Zauberflöte (Royal Opera House), Lescaut in Boulevard Solitude by Henze (Royal Danish Opera and Welsh National Opera), and work with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. Strong female stories took centre stage in the further festival programme. AYANFE, A YORUBA OPERA by April Atinuke Koyejo is inspired by her own ancestry and the desire to bring the Yoruba culture to the operatic stage. British-American soprano Kathryn Frady presented the UK premiere of the one-woman opera AMELIA LOST by Larry Delinger, a haunting and inspirational story about a homeless woman who believes herself to be aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. 

The third Opera in the City Festival in 2019 staged the UK premiere of CACCIA IONTANA by Croatian-Italian composer Antonio Smareglia (1854-1929), presented by Istrian National Theatre Pula and Croatian National Theatre in Varazdin. The first fully-staged production of the award-nominated opera WEAR by Scottish composer Alastair White brought together high fashion and contemporary dance. The 2019 in-house production was the multi-disciplinary show VIVALDI MEETS WERTHER: FOUR SEASONS, which saw the dramatic movements of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons interweave with Goethe’s text to bring its haunting story to life.

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2017: Mozart & Salieri, A Night in Vienna and Opera in the City Festival

In 2017, we toured our acclaimed production of MOZART & SALIERI and the Mozart-Medley A NIGHT IN VIENNA in the UK and Denmark, including an invitation to perform for the Austrian Ambassador in Copenhagen. We were grateful for the support we received from Arts Council England, which helped us to bring opera to many venues in the UK, and to reach new audiences for opera.

We also launched OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL - London's new summer opera festival in collaboration with Bridewell Theatre. The line-up included our in-house productions ZANETTO by Pietro Mascagni and A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY by Alexander Zemlinsky.

2015 / 2016: Othello, Titus Andronicus and Mozart & Salieri

We are looking back at an incredibly exciting season! Our contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, which transfers the action to the cityscape of modern London, opened at the Rose Playhouse in 2015, before it went on to Waterloo East Theatre, on tour in England, and finally to New York City in August 2016. 

Further highlights include our collaboration with New York-based theatre company Luvas Theatre, which brought their artistic director Jung Han Kim to London this summer, where he created a physical theatre production of William Shakespeare's TITUS ANDRONICUS at the Rose Playhouse in July 2016.

Our new production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera MOZART & SALIERI was part of the Grimeborn Festival 2016 and played at the Arcola Theatre main stage to critical acclaim. It was a finalist for an Off-West-End Award 'Best Opera Production'. 

Highlights 2013 - 2015:


★★★★★ "one of the most outstanding, unique and meaningful Shakespeare adaptations" - Remotegoat

★★★★★ "One of the best Shakespeare interpretations this reviewer has ever seen" - Everything Theatre

 ★★★★(★) "Time Zone's Shrew is a succinct interpretation of the original work well worth seeing" - Mouth London

 ★★★★ "What an absolutely fantastic production (...) they have rekindled my love of Shakespeare" - Female Arts

 ★★★★ "A winner." - South London Press

★★★★ Views from the Gods

★★★★ Plays to see

"Director Pamela Schermann stands apart in her bold choice to confront the play's shocking subordination of women" - The Stage

A big thank you to everyone who supported our production SHOOT, I DIDN'T MEAN THAT by Catriona Kerridge / THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND by Karl Kraus which centered around the centenary of the First World War and global conflicts nowadays. 

23 September - 18 October 2014, Tristan Bates Theatre

This production received support from the Austrian Cultural Forum London and Arts Council England.


Pamela Schermann 

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