Creative Inspiration: Stephen Revell

The director of Opera Rara shares his creative inspirations.

Stephen Revell: Director, Opera Rara
Stephen Revell: Director, Opera Rara

Donizetti’s Prayer from Il Diluvio Universale: This production was the last project masterminded by our founder, the late Patric Schmid. The tale of Noah and his family highlights all the drama, pathos and epic ingredients to be found in the operatic landscape. This glorious prayer typifies the sublime quality of the works we discover, record and perform.

Pane con i semi (four-seed bread) from Di Lieto bakery, London SW9: Freshly baked at 3am every morning. Healthy, nutritious and absolutely irresistible. With each loaf they achieve excellence, yet they make it look simple. How do they do it?

Carovigno Brass Band in Puglia, southern Italy: Listening to their charming selections of Verdi and Puccini while sipping ice-cold Prosecco at the nearby Bar Centrale and reflecting on the joy of people making music together. 

My CatEye cycle computer speedometer: This inspires me to pedal harder and faster en route to our offices in Hoxton from my home in south London.

White Cube gallery: Opera Rara and the White Cube gallery shared the blossoming of Shoreditch in 2000 as it grew to become the creative hub for the new generation of artists, performers and web designers. Sadly it closed down in 2012.

Fellini’s La Strada: Giulietta Masina’s performance as the circus clown gave me my earliest insight into the transformational power of the world of movies, theatre, music and entertainment at its most ingenious.

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