Antony & The Johnsons: Swanlights With The Britten Sinfonia At The Royal Opera House 9 May 2013 in Antony and the Johnsons
We are excited to announce that The Royal Opera House will present the first London performances of Antony and The Johnsons: Swanlights with the Britten Sinfonia on 25 and 26 July 2013.
Tickets (£25-£100) are on sale now from the box office: 020 7304 4000 or online at
This extraordinary performance piece was originally commissioned by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and was presented at Radio City Music Hall in January 2012 to great acclaim; later in 2012 Swanlights enjoyed huge success at the 2012 Melbourne Festival.
Swanlights is an evolution of Antony and The Johnsons: The Crying Light, presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival featuring songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums – self-titled, The Crying Light, Swanlights and Mercury Prize winning I am a Bird Now.
This performance includes the Britten Sinfonia, with orchestra arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, set designer Carl Robertshaw and lighting director Emma Westerberg.
Of the performance, Antony says:
“It took so long...
Take a look at the stunning (but not for the squeamish!) new video for Antony & the Johnsons’ single ‘Cut The World’, featuring Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramović and Carice van Houten:
The group’s career-spanning live symphonic album of the same name is out now.
Antony & The Johnsons 'Cut The World' Out Now 6 August 2012 in Antony and the Johnsons
As well as curating the London Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival which is currently in full swing, Antony & the Johnsons have found time to release a new album ‘Cut The World’. Out today, the album is a collection of live symphonic recordings from the group’s four full-length studio albums (‘Antony & the Johnsons’, ‘I Am A Bird Now’, ‘The Crying Light’, ‘Swanlights’) and represents frontman Antony Hegarty’s continued meditation on light, nature and femininity. ‘Cut The World’ was recorded in 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony.
Hearing Antony and the Johnsons for the first time back in 2004 was a truly memorable experience largely thanks to lead vocalist Antony Hegarty’s beautiful falsetto voice being one of the most unique and arresting we’d ever heard. Guaranteed to mesmerize you from the very first moment Antony and the Johnsons are an experience not to be missed by anyone.
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