Demon Lover, a chamber opera based on the short story by Elizabeth Bowen, is a haunting tale of love and betrayal.
Phoebe returns to her London house to collect a few remaining possessions after the area has been devastated in the blitz. Alone in her bare and desolate home she is drawn back to the First World War and her encounter with a young soldier called Max. But is it just a memory that haunts her now? Or is it something more sinister?
First presented as a work in progress at the Arcola Theatre as part of Grimeborn 2011, directed by Andrew Steggall and designed by Sarah Bacon, with Hannah Pedley as Phoebe and Tom Bullard as Max.
Demon Lover is the second opera composed by Jools Scott in collaboration with Sue Curtis as librettist. Inspired by Britten with overtones of Gershwin, it marked a return to Jools’ classical roots.
Photographs by Paul Curtis
Demon Lover was performed with the kind permission of ITV.
For any enquiries about Demon Lover please contact Rachel Daniels, Berlin Associates, 7 Tyers Gate, London SE1 3HX.