The story of the most notorious serial killer in British history is told from the perspective of his victims in English National Opera‘s anticipated world premiere of Iain Bell’s new opera, Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, which plays 6 performances at the London Coliseum from Saturday 30 March 2019.
The production is led by an all-star cast of distinguished female singers including: Dame Josephine Barstow as dosshouse proprietor Maud, Susan Bullock as Liz Stride, Lesley Garrett as Catherine Eddowes, Janis Kelly as Polly Nichols, Marie McLaughlin as Annie Chapman, and Natalya Romaniw.
Librettist Emma Jenkins gives a voice to the women so long overshadowed by the mystery surrounding the identity of their killer. The 1888 Whitechapel dosshouse that unites the victims provides the setting for a look at the hypocrisy of a Victorian society that could discard working class women so readily.
The cast also includes: acclaimed baritone Alan Opie as the Pathologist (marking 50 years since his ENO debut), Alex Otterburn as Squibby, William Morgan as the Writer, James Cleverton as the Photographer, Nicky Spence as Sergeant Johnny Strong, and Robert Hayward as the Commissioner of Police.
The ENO Chorus, recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, feature as the denizens of Whitechapel.
ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts, marking the second collaboration of the season with Artistic Director Daniel Kramer.
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