A brand new opera from Mark Simpson, Pleasure, came to Snape Maltings in May 2016.
Pleasure, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England, is presided over by the Baccanalian drag queen, Anna Fewmore. Val, the much-loved toilet attendant, confidante and shoulder to cry on, remains an enigma.
When Nathan, a beautiful and unpredictable young man, arrives as Pleasure and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of an emotional and violent night.
In Mark Simpson and Melanie Challenger’s first opera collaboration, Lesley Garrett as Val led the cast, and Tim Albery and Leslie Travers resumed their creative pairing for the first time at Aldeburgh since Grimes on the Beach.