Trailer for Fables - A Film Opera

A short documentary behind-the-scenes of our 2010 production Fables - A Film Opera.


'Mesmersing… inspired and inspiring'

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

'The mix of skilled professionals and characterful amateurs... live performance and video, is fascinating'

The Times

'A joyful event, lifting the church roof with exhilarating glee'

Daily Telegraph

'A glorious avant-garde show that was as musically interesting as it was spiritually stirring.'

Evening Standard


by Will Todd and Ben Dunwell
World premiere

In association with The Sage Gateshead and Northern Stage, Hall Two, The Sage Gateshead 24 – 26 Oct, 2006

This was Streetwise’s first full opera commission, directed by Keith Warner, one of the most sought-after opera directors who has worked in all the major opera houses in the world.

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
My Secret Heart artwork

My Secret Heart

A world premiere by composer Mira Calix and video artists Flat-e

Previews in Lucerne, Switzerland (October 2008); World premiere at Royal Festival Hall (December 2008); International tour during 2009 and 2010

WINNER of an RPS Music Society Award 2008 and a British Composer Award 2009

Fables - A Film Opera

  • Co-production with Spitalfields Music
  • World premiere at Spitalifields Winter Festival, 17 December 2010
  • Toured during 2011 and 2012

Streetwise Opera’s 2010 production was our second venture into film and live performance following the incredible success of My Secret Heart.