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Richard Ayres opera premières at Aldeburgh Festival and Almeida Opera

The Cricket Recovers premières at the Aldeburgh Festival on 10th June, a first operatic work from Richard Ayres, one of the most individual British-born composers in recent years. Based on a story by the Dutch cult children's writer Toon Tellegen, The Cricket Recovers is a 70 minute chamber opera that tells the tale of a depressive cricket and an elephant with a compulsive tree-climbing disorder, seeking answers to their troubled lives. Further performances will take place at the Almeida Theatre, London, from 29th June.

Richard Ayres describes himself in his music as "drawn towards the kind of sounds or stylistic mannerisms that many people choose to leave out of their work, the clumsy, lost, or forgotten ones .... virtually anything can find its way into the pieces .... music for me is a displaying of life, a celebration of living."

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