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Royal Opera House premiere

Miss FortuneMiss Fortune, a new work by Judith Weir, Visiting Distinguished Professor at the School of Music, has premiered at the Royal Opera House.

The opera, commissioned jointly by Covent Garden and the Bregenz Festival in Austria, had its world premiere at the Bregenz Festival last July.

Based on an old Sicilian folk tale updated to the present day, Miss Fortune is an opera about fate and our ability to make choices that determine the direction of our lives. The production is under the direction of Chen Shi-Zheng and the title role is sung by soprano Emma Bell. The cast also includes champion British breakdancers the Soul Mavericks.
Miss Fortune
In an interview with The Independent, Judith Weir said: “It’s a very contemporary story about things absolutely as they are at the moment. Things are in a huge state of flux, rich versus poor; what will happen to everybody? It has a very bright, attractive cast, and it really has had a chance to bed down since Bregenz, so it will be an extremely well-prepared production of a new work.”

Judith Weir is one of Britain’s leading composers and her music has been performed, broadcast and recorded by artists of international renown. She received the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2007 and the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award in 2010.

Miss Fortune runs at the Royal Opera House from 12 March 2012 – 28 March 2012. For tickets, please call 020 7304 4000 or visit

All images kindly supplied by the Royal Opera House. © ROH 2012 / Bill Cooper

Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House on Miss Fortune: