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Additional orchestrations by Christopher Austin

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Boosey & Hawkes

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Royal Opera House, London
Christopher Wheeldon , choreographer / Royal Ballet / Koen Kessels
Press Quotes

Strapless, inspired by Deborah Davis’s book of the same name, recounts the social ascent of the glamorous New Orleans-born Amélie Gautreau in Belle Époque Paris, and her fall from grace when ‘Madame X’, John Singer Sargent’s revealing painting of her with a strap falling down a bare arm, is shown at the 1884 Paris Salon. It fascinates as a tale of ambition, social mores, hypocrisy and humiliation…”
New York Times

Strapless is a superb piece of stagecraft… Paris in the 1880s is vividly evoked throughout, in the clash and colour of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s score..."
The Guardian

“…richly textured and full of orchestral colour…”
The Independent

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