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The Werewolf + The Last Sorcerer 

In October 2022, Gothic Opera presented a UK premiere double bill of operas by female composers
at the Round Chapel, Hackney

Now almost totally unknown, Le Loup-garou (The Werewolf) was performed at the Opera Comique when the composer Louise Bertin was aged just twenty-two. Although an anonymous review at the time stated that the work was good “for a woman,” Bertin has all been but forgotten as a composer and the opera performed only a handful of times since.


We performed Le Loup-garou alongside Le dernier sorcier (The Last Sorcerer), written in 1867 by considerably better-known composer and singer Pauline Viardot to a libretto by Ivan Turgenev. Unheard in the UK before now, this opera tells the tale of a bad-tempered sorcerer, the target of teasing by the elves in the forest, and his daughter, who has fallen in love with a young prince.


Performed with chamber orchestra, these two neglected operas are united by their supernatural, fairy-tale like themes and their light-hearted but subtly sinister character.

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Le Loup-garou: 

Alice: Alice Usher

Catherine: Charlotte Hoather

Albéric: Matthew Scott Clark

Bertrand: Andrew Rawlings

Raimbaud: Ashley Mercer

Le dernier sorcier:

Stella: Charlotte Osborn
Krakamiche: Phil Wilcox
Lelio: Anna McLachlan

Queen of the Elves: Béatrice de Larragoïti
Perlimpimpin: Lars Fischer

Isabelle Atkinson
Madeleine Todd
Alexandra Dinwiddie
Eleanor Kemp

Stage Director (Le Loup-garou): Eleanor Burke

Stage Director (Le dernier sorcier): Edwina Strobl

Musical Director/Conductor: Juliane Gallant

Assistant Conductor/Répétiteur: Francesca Lauri

Arranger (Le Loup-garou): Joshua Ballance

Arranger (Le dernier sorcier): Nicholas Žekulin

Set and Costume Designer: Anna Kelsey

Lighting Designer: Gabriel Finn

Production Photography: Craig Fuller and Antonin Amy-Menichetti

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