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For You
A Libretto

Charles Frieth, preeminent composer, conductor and prodigious womaniser, is preparing for a performance of one of his early works, and the world premiere of "Demonic Aubade". Obstinate and myopic, he is oblivious to the growing turmoil around him; his wife's poor health and dissatisfaction; the exhausted efforts of his secretary; and, the disquieting diligence of his housekeeper, Maria.

As the first performance draws near, the maestro is suddenly awoken to the chaos, and as Charles struggles to regain control of his life, a terrible tragedy begins to unfold. "For You" is a beautifully wrought and compelling libretto - It is Ian McEwan at his very best.

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European Premiere of FOR YOU

Opera in two acts by

Libretto by

Italian & European premiere
created by
co-production with

Teatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano, Rome
Thursday, 25th November at 20.30 hours
Saturday, 27th November 2010 at 17.30 hours

A text flyer for the premiere can be viewed here.
Visit Michael Berkeley's website at www.michaelberkeley.co.uk

For all press and media enquiries related to the production please contact:

media arts productions
F. Hunter & Co
P.O. Box 60, CH 8034 ZÜRICH
Tel/Fax + 41 44 383 4704
Email: fhunterco(at)gmail.com


Articles and Reviews

'Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan talk about new opera For You.' Music Theatre Wales (YouTube), 18 April 2008.

Jones, Rebecca. 'McEwan's Song.' BBC Today Programme, 1 May 2008 [Visit the BBC Radio 4 Website to listen to the interview with Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan].

Khandekar, Ashutosh. 'Dual Purpose .' BBC Music Magazine, May 2008 [interview with McEwan and composer Michael Berkeley; Download a PDF of the article at the Music Theatre Wales website].

Morrison, Richard. 'Opera gets between the sheets with Ian McEwan's For You.' Times (London), 9 May 2008 [Includes interview with McEwan and composer Michael Berkeley].

Service, Tom. Music Matters (BBC Radio 3), 24 May 2008 [Interview with McEwan and composer Michael Berkeley].

Hewett, Ivan. 'Ian McEwan: Opera? Great music, terrible plots.' Telegraph, 26 May 2008 [Includes interview with McEwan].

Fisher, Neil. 'For You at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House.' Times (London), 30 October 2008.

Walker, Lynne. 'For You, Linbury Studio Theatre, London.' The Independent, 30 October 2008.

Clements, Andrew. 'For You, Linbury Studio, London.' Guardian, 30 October 2008.

Clark, Andrew. 'For You, Linbury Studio Theatre, London.' Financial Times, 30 October 2008.

Holden, Anthony. 'Sex, havoc, obsession - it must be Ian McEwan.' Guardian, 2 November 2008.

Driver, Paul. 'For You - the Sunday Times review.' Sunday Times, 2 November 2008.

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