Michael Rosewell conductor
Jeremy Sams director
Nicky Shaw designer
James Whiteside lighting designer
Jonathan Dove Flight
April de Angelis Libretto
Licensed by arrangement with Peters Edition Limited, London
Acclaimed director Jeremy Sams presents a new production of Jonathan Dove's breakthrough opera – a portrait of the human experience in the least likely of operatic settings.
A refugee and an immigration officer, a diplomat and his pregnant wife, an older woman awaiting her younger fiancé, and a married couple in a rut – this somewhat motley crew are brought together as they wait for a delayed flight. As a storm rages overhead, the passengers' stories unfold around the refugee who is stranded there. This poignant story is based on the experiences of Iranian refugee Mehran Nasseri, who would also inspire Steven Spielberg's The Terminal six years later.
Written for Glyndebourne in 1998, Flight catapulted Jonathan Dove to international renown and has been staged around the world. With episodes to make you laugh out loud and moments for serious reflection, Flight underscores the differences between us – and the sense of humanity that connects us all.
Please note: this production contains strobe lighting and mild adult themes.