Charlie Parker's Yardbird

9 Jun - 17 Jun 2017
Charlie Parker's Yardbird 9 Jun - 17 Jun 2017
Friday 9th June
Sunday 11th June
Tuesday 13th June
Thursday 15th June
Saturday 17th June

Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird

A jazz-infused chamber ‘be-bopera’ by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly, and the orchestra from English National Opera.  Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of the world’s most sought after tenors.

In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons and women who fuelled his creative genius. Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.

‘A swift-paced chamber opera with a pulsing, jazz-infused score’

The New York Times

‘Lawrence Brownlee commands the stage in the title role’

The Wall Street Journal
Hackney Empire

£ 75 – £ 15 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)


Running time: 1hr 30mins (no interval)


Lawrence BrownleeCharlie Parker
Angela BrownAddie Parker
Rachel SterrenbergChan Parker
Chrystal E. WilliamsRebecca Parker
Will LivermanDizzy Gillespie

Creative Team

Daniel SchnyderMusic
Bridgette A. WimberlyLibretto
Ron DanielDirector
Clark RundellConductor
Riccardo HernandezSet Designer
Emily RebholzCostume Designer
Scott ZielinskiLighting Designer
David ZimmermanWig and Make Up Design

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