Fancy yourself as a theatre or opera critic? This is the brief for you.
Thanks to English National Opera, we’re giving one talented IdeasTap member a pair of tickets to attend the opening night of Detlev Glanert’s Caligula, directed by Benedict Andrews. Based in London's Coliseum, ENO is one of the world's leading opera companies; it recently won two Oliviers and a South Bank Sky Arts Opera award.
Our brief winner will attend the opening night on 25 May (with a friend) and report back to IdeasMag with a 500-word review. Also, he or she will have the opportunity to interview a member of the cast/crew – name to be confirmed.
Please only apply for this brief if you know you can attend the performance on 25 May.
When his adored sister’s death awakes him to a realisation of life’s essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality.
Based upon Albert Camus’s existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert’s 2006 opera – "perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century" (Tempo) – offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship.
Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera’s themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games.
Performances: 25, 29, 31 May & 7, 9, 14 June at 7.30pm. Find out more.
TICKET OFFER: we're offering a £20 ticket offer for the best seats at Caligula. Find out more.
This brief closes on Thursday 17 May 2012 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18-30. If you have any technical queries, please visit the help centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.