Opera at Home present

and I decided… / The Bear

By Daniel Felsenfeld and William Walton

Directed by Alexia Mankovskaya

Opera at Home present a double bill

and i decided… (Monday-Wednesday)

Ever wonder what happened to Nora, the protagonist of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” after slamming the door behind her? Or Alice of “Alice in Wonderland” in the years after her adventures? Or what the participant of the adult film thinks? The set of operatic monologues will give you the answer.

Text by Robert Coover, Will Eno and Jennie Ketcham

The Bear (Tuesday-Wednesday)

William Walton comic masterpiece “The Bear” or an opera extravaganza in one act, is an operatic parody, channelling the arch humour of Chekhov’s play of the same name. Popova is an ostentatiously virtuous young widow; Smirnov is a creditor whose blustering boorishness hides a sensitive heart. Sly insults, shouting matches, a duel and passion ensue.
It is a great opportunity for all music lovers to hear Walton’s comedy staged and dressed classically. A brilliant example of 20th century contemporary music presented with digital scenery.

Text by P.Dehn and W.Walton from the book by A. Chekhov



  • Running time: 50 minutes followed by an interval
  • With piano accompaniment
  • Sung in English
  • Includes use of fake guns and reference to suicide


  • Running time: 50 minutes
  • With piano, soundscape and violin
  • Sung in English
  • Suitable for 16+
  • Includes swearing and some sexual content

and I decided… / The Bear is part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →

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