Preview: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS – SWANLIGHTS WITH THE BRITTEN SINFONIA AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

On 25th and 26th July 2013, The Royal Opera House will present the first London performances of Antony and The Johnsons: Swanlights with the Britten Sinfonia.

This enthralling performance has already been met with high praise: having originally been commissioned by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and featured at Radio City Music Hall in January 2012 to great acclaim, and later in 2012 Swanlights enjoyed huge success at the Melbourne Festival.

Swanlights is an evolution of Antony and The Johnsons: The Crying Light, that was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival, and features songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums – self-titled, The Crying Light, Swanlights and Mercury Prize winning I am a Bird Now.

This performance includes the Britten Sinfonia, with orchestra arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston.  Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, set designer Carl Robertshaw and lighting director Emma Westerberg.

Tickets (£25-£100) are on sale now from the box office: 020 7304 4000 or online at www.roh.org.uk/swanlights

Kitty Lungley