“We leave the rehearsal room singing lines from the opera, we quote parts of the libretto to each other within other contexts, and this is when we know the work has paid off and that we all have the privilege to be creating something special and for the very first time.”
Robin Hood is a character from English myth. Instantly, the name conjures
romantic images of living in the woods, and of fighting with his Merry Men
To me, the main difference between this project and all of my other work was the sheer length. A 90-minute opera is significantly different to the 2-15 minute pieces I have been used to writing. The only way I can describe this difference, would be like that of writing a short story versus a novel.
How to create something surprising, meaningful, rather than a pastiche of all the other Robin Hoods that have made their way onto stage and screen? How to move beyond the long shadows cast by Errol Flynn, Mel Brooks, and Kevin Costner? How to ensure that our Robin was more than just another man in tights?