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The Second Mrs Kong, 25 May 1995

The Opera

Venue: Glyndebourne

Composer: Harrison Birtwistle

Librettist: Russell Hoban

Conductor: Elgar Howarth

Orchestra: London Philharmonic


Kong: Philip Langridge

Pearl: Helen Field

Orpheus: Michael Chance

Anubis: Steven Page

Death Of Kong: Steven Page

Vermeer: Omar Ebrahim

Inanna: Phyllis Cannan

Mr Dollarama: Robert Poulton

Swami Zumzum: Kevin West

Mirror/Mirror Echo: Deborah York

Madame Lena: Nuala Willis

Eurydice: Liza Pulman

Woman Model/Terror: Kerrie Sheppard

Woman Model/Despair: Elizabeth Gronow

Woman Model/Fear: Clarissa Meek

Woman Model/Doubt: Louise Armit

Joe Shady/Messenger: Henry Waddington

Production Team

Original Director: Tom Cairns

Co-director: Aletta Collins

Set Designer: Tom Cairns

Costume Designer: Tom Cairns

Lighting Designer: Wolfgang Göbbel

Choreographer: Aletta Collins

Fight Director: Malcolm Ranson

Sound Designer: Ian Dearden

Video Artist: John Maybury