Dear Marie Stopes

  • Performance
Photograph of soprano Alexa Mason rehearsing for Dear Marie Stopes in mid song, holding sheet music.
Soprano Alexa Mason rehearsing for Dear Marie Stopes. © Image from film footage by Ben Burman.

What you’ll do

Join us for the world premiere of a chamber opera inspired by the emotionally charged letters sent to Marie Stopes in response to her “sex manual”, ‘Married Love’.

First published 100 years ago, this book challenged the way people understood desire, sexuality and sexual health. Thousands of letters received by Marie Stopes form part of an archive now held by Wellcome Collection.

About the performance

Composer Alex Mills and librettist Jennifer Thorp have written this opera with the support of archivist and gender and sexuality historian Lesley Hall. See a preview of the opera.

Director: Nina Brazier
Soprano: Alexa Mason
Contralto: Jess Dandy
Countertenor: Feargal Mostyn-Williams
Viola da gamba: Liam Byrne
Cello: Lucy Railton

Where we’ll be

Head up the stairs or take the lift to level 2. We'll be in the Reading Room, next to the Library.

About your collaborator

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Tête à Tête

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 is bringing King's Cross alive with a month of new opera.