The Firework-Maker's Daughter - Prideaux Place

Based on the novel by Philip Pullman. Music by David Bruce; Libretto by Glyn Maxwell. 3 Jul 2022, 5:00pm
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at Prideaux Place, Padstow, PL28 8RP

A Minack Production in association with Tête à Tête

Originally commissioned by The Opera Group and ROH2
by arrangement with Red Balloon Music, publisher Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music

In a faraway land lives Lila, who doesn’t want to be just a firework-maker’s daughter, she dreams of becoming a firework-maker herself.  But to complete her apprenticeship, she must learn the most difficult and dangerous secret of all – the one that her father refuses to tell her.  So, she starts off alone on a journey harder than she could possibly imagine, a quest for hidden knowledge … an adventure through which she will learn so much more than the secret she sets out to discover. 

Philip Pullman weaves a magical tale of goddesses and demons, pirates and lovesick elephants that is both enchanting and profound, a landscape that is captured perfectly in David Bruce’s vibrant music and Glyn Maxwell’s witty libretto. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House the opera premiered in 2013 and was nominated in the 2014 Olivier Awards for Best New Opera Production.

  • Your tickets will gain you access to the beautiful gardens from 2pm
  • The auditorium is the lawn so please bring your own rugs or seats and enjoy your own picnic or a little something from the Prideaux Place Terrace Menu tearoom
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Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Musical Director: Patrick Bailey
Designer: Sarah Booth
Lila: Lixin Liu
Chulak: Daniel Norman / Ryan Vaughan Davies
Hamlet: Feargal Mostyn-Williams
Lalchand: William Dalzeley
Rambashi: Andrew Slater 
Instrumentalists: Kevos