12 May 2016 at 1.32pm | 1 Comment
‘It’s a brilliant opera because it’s set in the most modern setting and deals with all kinds of contemporary issues,’ says the English soprano.
Garrett performs the role of Val, the toilet attendant who works in the gay club, Pleasure. Audiences discover Val is mourning the loss of her son, who was taken from her by the authorities after they became victims of domestic violence.
‘She finds herself in this gay club where she can express her unrequited motherly love to the lovely men who come with confusion about their sexuality – which I think is a really common thing with young people these days.’
As well as the compelling subject matter, Garrett praises the work’s creative team, led by Liverpudlian composer Mark Simpson.
‘The best thing about this opera is the people that wrote it. Mark Simpson is just a force of nature – he’s an absolute genius, he’s the next Mozart and his librettist Melanie Challenger, who’s a fabulous poet, have just written the best words and music.’
Garrett explains that Pleasure, which is directed by Tim Albery, will appeal to newcomers and seasoned opera-goers alike as it is sung in English and lasts just 1 hour and 15 minutes.
‘What I’m desperate to do is to show people that opera is a 21st century art form – it’s not a museum art form'.