Dirty Tricks

a chamber opera for six baritones, soprano and electric bass guitar

Dirty Tricks, the battle between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, given a Shakespearian twist by six businessmen and an airhostess.

Devised and directed by Chris Newell. Libretto by Stephen Chance. Conducted by the composer;


This was brilliant and very funny....well worth seeing.
Helen Elsom, OPERA-L , 1997
British Airways, ,

Other notes

Premiere: Spitalfields Market Opera, Modern Music Theatre Troupe text by Stephen Chance, directed by Chris Newell. Conducted by the composer with 6 baritones, actor, soprano and electric bass guitar.

Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England and London Arts Board.

Related music:

Seven Dirty Sonnets for solo bass guitar or solo string bass or solo piano; derived from the original (for bass guitar) in the opera Dirty Tricks; performed variously in the UK and Mexico 2000. Recorded on CD Turquoise Swans (Sargasso SCD 28035).

Some Dirty Tricks РThree arias for soprano and piano transcribed from the opera Dirty Tricks, performed in Mexico City 2000, by Sarah Leonard with Paul Barker. Recorded on CD Turquoise Swans (Sargasso SCD 28035).

The Music

Composed 2020


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