Critical Mass

  • By Orlando Gough and Emma Bernard
  • A co-production with the Almeida Opera Festival
  • Performed by Streetwise Opera and The Shout
  • World premiere: July 2007

Streetwise performers shared songs of their countries of origin – lullabies from the Caribbean, Italian love songs, Polish folksongs, Irish national protest songs - and these songs were turned into a new opera set in an international summit. Streetwise Opera performers from four London homeless centres were joined by the exciting vocal ensemble The Shout.


Composer and Musical Director Orlando Gough
Director Emma Bernard
Producer Matt Peacock
Designer Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting Designer Anna Watson
Set Design Assistant Livi Vaughan
Costume Supervisor Esther Rouah
Head of Workshops Rowan Fenner
Workshop Leaders/Assistant Directors Sharon Eckman, Rob Gildon
Production Manager SJ Anthony
Company Managers Susie Gorgeous, Michelle Phelan
Stage Managers Laura Draper, Suzy Bourke
Deputy Stage Manager Laura Thatcher
Assistant Costume Supervisors Rachel Farrimond, Lauren Eva

Streetwise Opera performers from The Passage, Connection at St Martin's, Crisis Skylight and Queen Mary Hostel

Commissioned by Streetwise Opera in association with Almeida Opera. Commission and production made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation, City of Westminster, Hyde Park Estate Charity, PRS Foundation, Streetsmart and Westminster Arts.