Trick or treat? Sex workers compose an opera

Trick or treat? Sex workers compose an opera


norman lebrecht

May 28, 2014

Prostitutes, porn stars and others engaged in the London sex trade have written The Sex Workers’ Opera, to be staged in Hackney next week. The impetus was a series of community workshops assisted by the Royal Opera House.

Co-director Siobhan Knox told the Hackney Gazette: ‘It’s not the first time an opera has been about a sex worker, but they tend to be one-sided, moralising tales… In the media we only hear about the happy hookers … or the poor trafficked worker who’s been forced into doing the job. What we are interested in are… those for whom it is just a job which can provide a flexible income.’

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  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Siobhan Knox? You couldn’t make it up…

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    It would also need to be conducted by Hervé Niquet.