Photo credit: Kristian Buus
17 - 19th October 2016, The Union Chapel
Composer Kurt Weill
Book and Lyrics Maxwell Anderson
Conductor Scott Stroman
Director Jean Lacornerie
Assistant Director Tamsin Collison
Assistant Music Director Sarah Wilkinson
Orchestral Leader Lucy Waterhouse
Youth Directors Rachel Maby and Helen Smee
Stage Captain Matthew Broadbent
Producer Suzanne James
Set and Props construction Patrick Anwyl
Costume designer Julia Burrows
Graphics & Programme Pat Woodward
The Leader Byron Jackson
Stephen Kumalol Denver Martin Smith
Grace Kumalo Raycinth A. Crawford
Arthur Jarvis Jonathan Miller
James Jarvis Tim Maby
Edward Jarvis Gideon Rochman
Edward's friend Felix Hale
John Kumalo Byron Jackson
Alex Charles Bunbury
Absalom Kumalo Glen Grant
Matthew Kumalo Alex Pitts
Johannes Pamfuri Rene Suite
Linda Ray Estaire
Irina Anne-Laure Winkin
Eland Henry Busiakiewicz
Judge John Dodgson
Foreman Matthew Broadbent
Mrs. Mkize Zena Martin
Hlabeni Rene Suite
In October 2016, HighburyOperaTheatre premièred London's first fully-staged production of Kurt Weil's Lost in the Stars.
Based on Alan Paton's novel Cry the Beloved Country, Lost in the Stars gives passionate voice to the powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. Written in 1948, the stirring story is of two ageing men—a black country parson and a separatist white British planter—who are brought together by a shared grief. With a powerful score often compared to Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Lost in the Stars lays bare the tragedy of social barriers among all people, yet ends with a deeply moving promise of reconciliation and hope for the future.
HOT's new production reunited conductor Scott Stroman and director Jean Lacornerie, who together created French premier productions of Weill's One Touch of Venus and Lady in the Dark, nominated for a prestigious Molière Award, France's version of the British Olivier Awards.
HOT had the honour of working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music and Drama jazz vocalists, Classical Vybes and Eclectic Voices to cast the chorus and solo roles. The Youth Chorus comprised young voices from Highbury Youth Choir, Gayhurst Community School I can sing! choir and HMDT CYMH Chamber Choir.
The production was funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and Arts Council England.