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Armen dreamed of creating the first great theatre company in Constantinople. But on opening night, disaster – his leading actress defects to a rival troupe.

Everything seems over until Gariné arrives on the scene. Armen is inflamed with passion for her voice, but her father detests the theatre. Can she be persuaded to defy him, and to sing on opening night? Will it be Gariné that saves the day?

Dikran Tchouhadjian is considered the first opera composer in the Ottoman Empire. Known in his lifetime as ‘the Armenian Verdi’ and ‘the Oriental Offenbach’, he fused European and Eastern traditions to pioneer a thrilling new musical style.

Since its composition in Turkish as Leblebici Horhor Ağa (Master Hor Hor the Chickpea Vendor) in 1875, Gariné has been adapted three times for film (including by Nazim Hikmet), and has delighted audiences all over Europe and the Middle East.

Now Gerald Papasian directs a semi-staging of his own adaptation, previously performed at the Theatre of Saint-Maur, Paris and the Theatre de L’Odeon, Marseille. Fusing the Armenian and Turkish settings, this rare London production – playing for two nights only – will mark Tchouhadjian’s extraordinary contribution to Turkish and Armenian opera.

Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm
£15 / £12 concessions

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time to be confirmed.
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.

Cast

Danae Eleni

Gariné

Edward Saklatlava

Armen

Katie Grosset

Shoushan

Giles Davies

Markar

Leon Berger

Hor Hor

Gerald Papasian

Narrator

Tami Tal

Chorus Soprano

Amy Spruce

Chorus Soprano/Siranoush

Georgia Mae Bishop

Chorus Mezzo Soprano

Joanna Harries

Chorus Mezzo Soprano

Danilo Antonelli

Chorus Tenor/Sneak 1

David Padua

Chorus Tenor/Sneak 2

Roger Paterson

Chorus Tenor/Khachig

Matthew Tilley

Chorus Baritone

Matthew Thistleton

Chorus Bass/The Gentleman

Text

Dikran Tchouhadjian / Gerald Papasian

Direction

Gerald Papasian

Musical Director

Kelvin Thomson


A production by Arcola Theatre.

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