2023 Opera Post-Auditions

Thanks to all those who auditioned for our 2023 OPERA


Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock

Audition information archived HERE
Performances March 25 and 26, April 1 and 2, 2023
at the Peabody School in Cambridge

Based on the historical figure, Lady Mary Killigrew, The Cutlass Crew tells the story of this English aristocrat-turned-pirate who, with her servants-turned-crew, menaces the high seas in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. As always, our performances will be inter-generational, and in English with side titles.

Check out these snippets to get a sense of the fun music in this show, ranging from Elizabethan style to sea shanty!
     Battle of the Sexes - the placid life of the servants at Arwenack House (3:13)
     The Last Unicorn - Sir Digory Piper serenades Queen Elizabeth (3:26)
     Lady Mary's Defense - our heroine explains why she turned to a life of piracy (1:37)

Visit this page, for a full synopsis and demo recordings.

This work was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People and was first performed in December 2017. Our production will have some additional new music and scenes.
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Take a look at our enthusiastic 2020 cast members performing
"Women o' War" from The Cutlass Crew!