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Frankenstein - a resource for English literature teachers

With teaching ideas, video clips from the opera, an interview with a professional singer and excerpts from the novel.

Frankenstein is one of the great works of English literature. First published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel broke new ground and helped to define the form of modern science fiction. Its obsessive scientist and his hideous monster have appeared in dozens of stage and screen adaptations, from Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 play to James Whale’s 1931 film starring Boris Karloff, to Mark Grey’s 2019 opera.

For pupils studying the novel, these adaptations can breathe life into the text and help them to better engage with the subject. It also gives them an opportunity to see how Frankenstein continues to inspire new creations that provide work for hundreds of people and pleasure to thousands.

OperaVision has created a teaching resource based around Mark Grey's opera, which was produced by La Monnaie / De Munt and streamed on OperaVision in March 2019. We hope that it will prove useful for English literature teachers around the world who want to use a contemporary opera adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel to help their students to engage more with the text.

The pack contains teaching ideas, a background to the novel and opera, an interview with baritone Scott Hendricks, excerpts from chapters 23 and 24 and three short-form videos to help illustrate the opera, which will be available until at least October 2020.

Click here to visit the Frankenstein page where you can download the teaching resource and view the three short-form videos.

For more information about Frankenstein or OperaVision, or to provide feedback about this pack, please contact Hedd Thomas at hedd@opera-europa.org.