The Agency is a new opera in development, created in collaboration with composed by Matthew Olyver, initiated by a programme at the Royal Academy of Music designed to facilitate collaborations between composers and librettists.
1861. America is plunged into civil war. The country’s first female detective Kate Warne procures a job spying for the Union Army with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
2019. Climate change has created a new market for private security firms like Pinkerton. Data analyst Leslie Jordan begins to question the role the Agency is playing in the emerging new world order.
Allan Pinkerton tells a tale of hauntings, two women and a nation in crisis.
The Agency is an urgent new eco-noir opera.
Our first duet ‘We Never Sleep’ was workshopped at RAM in November 2019. We are currently collaborating with director/dramaturg Emma Jude Harris to work towards a scratch showing of the work at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival on Monday 14 September.