‘One spring morning in AD 203, a young woman by the name of Vibia Perpetua, about twenty-two years old, well born, liberally educated, honourably married, went joyfully to her death before a great crowd in the amphitheatre at Carthage.’

From the impressive Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Cantata Dramatica presents the world premiere of Perpetua, a new dramatic cantata composed by Nick Bicât to a libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker. Nick Bicât is an award-winning theatre and film composer, whose music is both contemporary and accessible; whilst director Pete Champness is an established film-maker and director. The solo singers and the instrumental ensemble come predominantly from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and will be conducted by Andrew Parrott.  Video projections will feature dancers from Trinity Laban.
Perpetua and Felicitas, her slave, were the first women martyred in the arena for defying the Roman authorities and standing up for their beliefs. Her emotional journey still resonates today as, across the world, personal sacrifices are constantly being made to secure freedom and to challenge the excessive power of the state. This extraordinary account is told in Perpetua’s own words from her diary, with texts in Greek, Latin and English.

Powerful music, a thrilling visual production and a performance that uses all the space and light in the cathedral will be an experience not to be missed.

Premiere: Thursday 22nd November, 8.00pm, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Tickets are available at £20, with discounts for group bookings.
For further information or to book tickets, please visit the Cantata Dramatica website:
Perpetua: Behind the Scenes
Monday 12 November, 8-9pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre

Cantata Dramatica presents Perpetua: Behind the Scenes. A prelude to the world Premiere of ‘Perpetua’ – a dramatic cantata by Nick Bicât, which will take place in Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday 22 November.

This question and answer session will delve behind the scenes of creating a completely new production on the scale of Perpetua, from initial concept to polished multimedia performance. The panel will consist of the librettist Nick Pitts -Tucker, the composer Nick Bicât, director Pete Champness and the Sub Dean of Christ Church, Canon Edmund Newell.

Admittance is free, no booking required.
Further information can be found below or on the Cantata Dramatica website:

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