The Agency (Interactive Broadcast)

Eco-noir opera about Pinkerton's Detective Agency

Mon 14 Sep 2020 to Mon 12 Oct 2020

The Agency (Interactive Broadcast)


Produced by Olyver New Music Collective

Recording available for 28 days after broadcast

Music: Matthew Olyver
Words: Sarah Sigal

1861, 2019; the Civil War, the climate crisis. Two women working for the Pinkerton Agency in two centuries must consider the implications of private security at a time of national upheaval.

The Agency is a filmed work-in-progress showing of an opera about the history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, time travel, eco-noir feminism and America in times of crisis. With a combination of pre-recorded orchestra and live looping and an intimate cast of a mezzo, a soprano and an actor, the piece combines modern opera, minimalism, spoken word, and folk music to create an artistically experimental sound world that reflects both the 19th and 21st centuries.

Additional content for the broadcast:

The composer, librettist and director/dramaturg will host a live Q&A with the audience after the broadcast of the show.

All ages (mostly adults)

Live Broadcast: Monday 14th September - 6:00pm
Duration: 1 hour

£1, plus voluntary donation post event