Fever Pitch the Opera

Photo credit: Claudia Marinaro & Patricia Woodward for Highbury Opera Theatre

"A big-hearted piece of music-theatre whose American-flavoured score manages to hold both children and adults, professional and amateur performers within its generous compass. Will Fever Pitch have a life beyond its own community? It certainly deserves one."

(Alexandra Coghlan, The Independent)


"Projects like these create the future of opera.  

(Maggie, Kelly, Theatre Bubble)

Production dates:

22-24th September 2017, The Union Chapel


Composer and Conductor Scott Stroman

Librettist Tamsin Collison

Director Bernie C. Byrnes

 Assistant Music Director Sarah Wilkinson

 Orchestral Leader Lucy Waterhouse

 Youth Director Rachel Maby

 Choreographer Laura Doye


 Producer Greg Klerkx

 General Manager Helen Smee

Stage Designer Becky Athawes

Set & Props Construction Patrick Anwyl

Stage Manager David Harvey

Graphics & Programme Pat Woodward

Public Relations Mobius Industries



 Gooner Robin Bailey

Girl / Psychiatrist Joanna Harries

Dad/SuperMac/Agent Robert Gildon

Rat Nick Allen

Young Gooner (Red Cast) Alessandro Tarsia

Young Gooner (White Cast) Felix Hale

Young Gooner (cover) Gideon Rochman

Teen Gooner Philip Protheroe

Teen Rat Matthew Denton

Teen Frog Samuel Sako

Commentator Tim Maby

Mrs Peters Diana Leadbetter

Referee Alex Pitts

Big Head Supermac Jari Ripa

Fever Pitch the opera is composed by HOT Artistic Director, Scott Stroman, with libretto by Tamsin Collison. It is based on the autobiographical novel by local Islington writer, Nick Hornby, which is about his love of Arsenal football team from childhood to adulthood.


The production received national acclaim in the press, featuring on BBC Breakfast, ITV, Radio 4 and Sunday Times. It received rave reviews in the Independent and online publications, Theatre Bubble and EverythingTheatre.com


The show reflected the diversity of our community and brought together a cast of 4 professional opera soloists and 57 local singers in our adult and youth chorus. 


The production was supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust. The Arsenal Foundation and Islington Council also generously supported our schools concert and the delivery of opera workshops in  local Islington schools.


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