Following the story of a young man and his family, The Anatomy of Melancholy is a new opera exploring 21st century depression and the history of mental health. It is inspired by Robert Burton’s book of the same name (published 1621), in which a detailed dissection of melancholy is attempted in the search for knowledge of its symptoms, causes and cures. From feelings of overwhelming loneliness to confrontations with cutting-edge genetics research, The Anatomy of Melancholy sets humanity’s most common mental health problem to music.
Produced under the name bodycorps in October 2014 at a disused dairy in Wandsworth, the opera was our first major London production, and the result of collaboration with leading molecular psychiatrists and mental health professionals working in the community.
Text + Direction: FXXX BXXXXX
Music: Benjamin Tassie
Musical direction: Tim Murray
Design: FXXX BXXXXX and Mayou Trikerioti
Cast: Mark Beesley, Dario Dugandzic, Anna Harvey, Janet Henfrey, John Lattimore, Donna Lennard and Maud Millar