From the alt.magic online news group we hear Lee Warren and composer
Raymond Yiu are busy preparing for the premiere of an opera
based on the life of magician Chung Ling Soo.
Writes Mr. Warren:
The opera's London
premiere is at the Almeida Theatre in Islington on the 1st, 2nd and 7th of
July. It would be great if magicians would come to see it. About 70 per cent of
seats are already sold, but you can check availability on the Almeida's website
(Please note: the link on the original alt.magic news group listing is incorrect).
If anyone from this group comes to see it, let me know – it
would be good to meet you.
From the Opera's detail listing at the Almedia Theatre:
I saw a real Chinese guy do this stuff better
I saw him make a goldfish appear
You should have been there!
There were costumes and dragons
And a tiny Pekinese juggler
He was a wonderful Chinese Conjuror!
The Original Chinese Conjuror tells the extravagant true story
of William Robinson, whose onstage death at the Wood Green Odeon in
1918 brought to an end a brilliant magic career and an extraordinary
subterfuge. For years he had conned British audiences into believing he
was a more exotic figure than proved the case.
Young composer Raymond Yiu and his librettist, magician Lee Warren, draw on vaudeville, magic and musical theatre to tell this extraordinary story.
Former Chichester Festival Director Martin Duncan (How to get ahead in business…) directs a versatile cast of singing actors and opera singers.
Produced by Aldeburgh Almeida Opera. Commissioned and developed with the generous support of the Genesis Foundation.
This sounds like a wonderful project and perhaps a great introduction
to both magic history and opera. Congratulations to Mr. Warren and Mr.
Mr. Warren the resident teacher at the Actors Centre in London. He directed Milk for Jamie
at the Soho Theatre last year. His amazing abilities as a librettist
have been noted by the opera community and he was a finalist in the
international Genesis Opera Project.
this wasn't enough, Mr. Warren is a full-time (perhaps more than
full-time) magician – one of the busiest in England. When not writing
award-winning theatre, he teaches performance and
mind-influencing skills workshops for the corporate market.
We found a profile of Mr. Yiu here. . .
We'll keep you up-to-date as the premier approaches . . .