Unborn in America - January 28/29/30/31, February 1. Vault Festival

Ensemble Amorpha in association with OperaUpClose present, Unborn in America, a cabaret opera.

composer / conductor: Luke Styles
librettist / director: Peter Cant

Welcome to The Petri Dish - the afterlife’s legendary cabaret bar for the unborn. Every night aborted foetuses clamour to hear singing sensation Ziggy recount her savage journey to hell and back in her unpredictable smash show. A cocktail of sex, drugs and exploitation, politics and celebrity, aspiration and self-destruction.

This taboo-busting musical satire gives full hysterical voice to America’s culture wars, re-imagining the Brecht-Weill song-cycle in the spirit of John Waters. Dark and melodic, borrowing from jazz and tribal rhythms, Glyndebourne's first young composer in residence Luke Styles’ opera crackles with caustic humour and bold genre-hopping appeal.

Starring acclaimed performer Jessica Walker and the UK’s rising tenor Andrew Dickinson, with an ensemble of percussion, cello, oboe and piano.


Image © Holly-Anne Buck

"A brash and vibrant satire full of pizzazz. Seeds of opera’s future are being sown here.”
The Telegraph (on work-in-progress performance)

“Ms Walker is a bewitching performer. A pure, bright soprano of such melting beauty I could listen to it forever.”
Charles Isherwood, New York Times

More info here

Ensemble Amorpha is incredibly grateful to the following organisations and people for supporting Unborn In America. These include the Arts Council England, Boltini Trust, the Stephen Oliver Award, the Foyle Foundation, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the RVW Trust.

Special Thanks to our incredible Kickstarter supporters:

Christabel Cant
Christopher Mayo
Antony McDonald
João Magalhães
Ilja Chakhov
Alex Wynn
Tarek Iskander
Tom Swift
Patrick Young
Karl Taylor
Sarah Strong
Chris S
Annette Mees
James Tillitt
Hi Ching

Alex Eisenberg
Angie Smith
Mrs Barbara Walker
Jack Laskey
Ann Russell
Maria Maguire

Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and Pies
Andrew Fingret
neil comber
Diana Mumbi
Clive Jones

Golden Opulence Ice Cream Sundae
Susan Wynn