Work in Theatre

Current Projects:

 

Pelleas et Melisande: 

re-orchestration for Byre Opera to a new translation of the libretto by Janice Galloway. - scheduled for summer Summer 2021 

Opera Commissions:

An Cadal Trom (A Deep Sleep) commissioned by Lammermuir Festival, 2018

Companion piece to Britten's Noyes Fludde, written for same forces and large scale community involvement 1 hour

 

Flyting, Commissioned by Horsecross Arts 2011

An opera exploring 500 years of interactions between Scotland and Africa for soprano, baritone, strings, flute, keys and percussion, plus scottish lever harp, guitar, soprano sax, low D whistle and highland bagpipes, with optional choir.

Past Projects OPERA re-orchestrator and producer:

Carmen Nights: 

Scenes from Bizet's Carmen, studio performance Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiere Autumn 2019

Pirates of Penzance:

New performing edition for small orchestra  and directed performances in summer 2019

HMS Pinafore: 

re-orchestration for conventional small orchestra Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiere summer  2018

Metal Baroque: 

A Rock and metal re-invention of Baroque classics, Summer 2019

The Great Song of the North: 

Multiple format celebration including public music and parade plus choral concert and livestream Autumn 2018

Rita:

re-orchestration for piano quintet (Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute/Pic/alto flute and Clarinet/bass Clarinet) Berwick Festival Opera February 2018

Cox and Box: 

Berwick Festival Opera Piano performance, design and direction February 2017

Don Giovanni: 

re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiere summer  2017

The Vampyre: 

Re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera Producer/Director/designer Autumn 2016

Iolanthe: : 

re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera and direction summer 2016.

Die Walkure (Jonathan Dove/Birmingham Opera Version): 

producer/Director Autumn 2015 . 

The Mikado: 

re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiered summer 2015. 

The Silken Ladder: 

re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiered summer 2015. 

Dido and Aeneas: 

New performing edition orchestrated for saxophone quartet, electric keyboard and and electric bass continuo and directed  performances in summer 2014

Pirates of Penzance:

New performing edition for Marine Band (flute/pic, clarinet, guitar/mandolin, double-bass, violin, accordion and double-bass and directed performances in summer 2014

Trial by Jury : 

re-orchestration for Berwick Festival Opera and direction premiere summer 2014.

 

Past Projects THEATRE: 

 

A Scottish Christmas Carol: 

Co-written and produced real time livestream, Christmas 2020

Carmen Nights: 

Author and Director of a short comedy to precede scenes from Carmen Autumn 2020

&Sullivan: 

Author and Director of a bitter-sweet comedy to precede Cox and Box, February 2017

La Mouche:

Author and Director of a new comic piece of theatre for three actors in mutliple roles premiered in spring 2014  -  a playful homage to the 1958 classic film, The Fly.

What Happens...

 Producer and performer in new work commissioned from Tayo Aluko featuring the poetry and writings of Jangston Hughes for Actor and three jazz musicians

 

Anthony and Cleopatra (Talawa)

Blood Wedding (Nationa Theatre) 

King Lear (Talawa)

Othello (Talawa)

'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Talawa)

Oh What a Lovely War! (Leicester Haymarket)

Guys and Dolls(Leicester Haymarket)

The Snowman (Leicester Haymarket)

Dames at Sea (Leicester Haymarket)

Stepping Out (Leicester Haymarket)

Fat Pig - The Musical (Leicester Haymarket)

Not Fade Away (There Royal, Stratford East)

© 2021 by Matthew Rooke

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