Ben Frost

The Wasp Factory


about 75 min22-23 June 2014 at Holland Festival, Amsterdam

Inspired by the most illustrious work of the late author, Iain Banks, with a libretto by David Pountney, Ben Frost's opera debut creates both a soundscape to narrate, and a visual realm to depict, the unsettling world of Banks’ infamous protagonist: the murderous teenager, Frank.

Banks’ characters, on the remote Scottish island where the story is based, are given a new setting, a new emotional significance, and new memories through Frost’s direction. His opera brings the novel into the 21stcentury, accompanied by amplified strings, electronics, and dark visuals, drawing emotions and presenting a challenge to each new audience.
Ben Frost on directing and composing "The Wasp Factory" (via youtube)

For further information see: and Ben Frost's personal website

Commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit / Bregenz Festival. A production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and Laura Berman_Next, (Berlin) in co-production with Royal Opera House, (London) and Holland Festival (Amsterdam). The Wasp Factory is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin (Capital Cultural Fund Berlin) and Nordic Culture Point.

The production is produced by permission of Iain Banks who is the owner of the copyright in the novel "The Wasp Factory".

The re-run is supported by the 'Wiederaufnahmefonds 2014 des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten'.


Libretto: David Pountney / Director: Ben Frost / Performed by: Lieselot De Wilde, Jördis Richter and Mariam Wallentin / Music is performed by : a string quintet from the Reykjavik Sinfonia / Stage Design: Mirella Weingarten / Costume Design : Boris Bidjan Saberi / Lighting Design : Lucy Carter / Sound Design : Daniel Rejmer / Associate Director: Sasha Milavic Davies / Music Production Associate to Ben Frost : Paul Corley / Technical Director : Jörg Schildbach / Assistant Stage and Costumes : Gabi Bartels


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