Top: Myrna Paris and Stephen West in The Mines of Sulphur; bottom: Jessie Raven and Mark Duffin
Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur, a 1965 operatic thriller, opened at New York City Opera on October 23.
The opera, a gothic tale about a murderous maid, her henchmen, and the troupe of actors they encounter, premiered in the U.K. in 1965, but has been performed rarely since, and did not get its first major staging in the United States until it was presented at Glimmerglass Opera in 2004.
The Glimmerglass production, directed by David Schweizer, has now come to New York City Opera, where it runs through November 5.
The cast includes Jessie Raven as the maid, Rosalind; Mark Duffin and William Ledbetter as the henchmen, Boconnion and Tovey; Stephen West as Braxton and Sherrin; Myrna Paris as Leda; John McVeigh as Fenney; Timothy Nolen as Tooley; and
Caroline Worra as Jenny. Music director George Manahan conducts.
The production team includes set designer James Noone, costume designer
John Conklin, and lighting designer Kevin Adams.
Photos by Carol Rosegg.
Caroline Worra, John McVeigh (with knife), and Stephen West in The Mines of Sulphur