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Besse: Water, Rye, Hops – mini opera trilogy


Besse is a mini-series of short operas centred about the figure of a female brewer (or brewster) in the XIV century.

Witchcraft and science, tails and tales, and -of course- a lot of beer!

Created by Infinite Opera in collaboration with Digbrew and Grand Union, Besse, for the first time, merges the worlds of opera and beer through the unique vision of a character that champions feminism through fermentation.

We started our research for these operas by creating a special programme of our future series of Infinite Opera Podcasts. You can find it here.

This opera triptych was premiered at Digbrew (River Street, Digbeth, Birmingham) on 8th March 2019, 12th April and 10th May at 8pm.

A clip can be viewed here.


Performance details:

The success and popularity of these events, and the disappointment of some of the audience at not being able to see all three parts, has pushed Infinite Opera and Digbrew to stage all three parts together.

In a development from the premier the brewery will be converted into a theatre with a raised stage around the bar and brewing equipment. All the action will take place above, allowing the audience to enjoy the show from the comfort of the seats below, whilst sipping on various different varieties of Digbrew’s beer. There will be the possibility to purchase a ticket which provides you with drinks and pizza in between each scene and one just for the show itself.

Ticket link to follow shortly – check back next week.


For more information about the production please follow us on social media:


“Besse may be the first opera to have bespoke beer brewed in its honour.” Miranda Heggie @TheCusp

“Loved Infinite Opera’s Besse at DigbrewCo! Can’t wait for part 2” LiquorTrips

If you are interested to support the development of these operas please send us an email to:

Besse Opera trailer

Interested in other productions? Take a look to our physics dissemination opera!