Madame X: A new opera
MADAME X, the new opera by
“A woman of the night, no doubt...”
A brilliant yet impoverished artist is caught between jealous and wealthy rivals and his crooked agent — defended only by his beautiful, vulnerable fiancée and muse...
Masetto and Zerlina — a young immigrant couple — are impoverished, cold, and starving. Masetto, a brilliant portrait artist, is being ripped off by his unscrupulous agent Botney, and circling art collectors will not take “no” for an answer.
Shivering in a shabby loft, struggling to make ends meet, and exploited by the wealthy and powerful collectors Lady Brannoch and Mr Wilmore, Masetto lives for his art, protected only by his muse and love, Zerlina. Their plight becomes increasingly perilous, desperate, and deadly, until at last: revenge.
MADAME X is a new opera by Tim Benjamin, inspired by the Italian operas of Handel and by Jacobean revenge drama. This dark, passionate and obsessive tale is peppered with black humour and explores the potent combination of money and power in the world of art.
“Exquisite ... inherently melancholy and ultimately soul-bearing”
Meet the characters...
- MASETTO: a master painter
- ZERLINA: his fiancée
- BOTNEY: an agent
- LADY BRANNOCH: an aristocrat
- MR WILMORE: a capitalist