The Aspern Papers

In the backwaters of 19th century Venice, ambitious editor Henry Jonson is trying to obtain the secret letters of his idol, the poet Jeffrey Aspern, held by the mysterious Juliana Bordereau, once Aspern’s muse and lover. He has vowed to go to any lengths to find them, but Henry’s discovery is not quite what he had bargained for.

This is the UK premiere of Hagemann’s adaptation of Henry James’ 1888 novella. Produced by Pegasus Opera with Hagemann-Rosenthal Associates.

Cast & creatives

Henry Jacob Bettinelli
Tina Alison Buchanan
Juliana Lauren Easton
John Ronald Samm
Giovanna Melody Compton
Gardener Sandeep Gurrapadi
Gondolier Oscar Castellino
Covers Julia Daramy-Williams, Monwabisi Lindi

Composer & librettist Philip Hagemann
Musical director Jan Rautio
Stage director Simone Ibbett-Brown
Set & costume designer Hannah Sibai
Lighting designer Chuma Emembolu
Assistant musical director Avishka Edirisinghe


Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music
7.30pm, 22 March 2022
7.30pm, 23 March 2022
2.30pm, 24 March 2022