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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 will, for the first time, merge 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.

The first episode of this series of operas was premiered at Digbrew (River Street, Digbeth, Birmingham) on 8th March 2019 at 8pm.

A clip can be viewed here.

Episode 2 “Rye” will be shown on 12th April and episode 3 “Hops” on 10th May.

For tickets click here.

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“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

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Besse Opera trailer

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