Eerily beautiful baroque arias and dramatic opera scenes with chorus draw in an audience that wouldn’t normally cross the threshold of established opera houses. It’s an approach that works perfectly here. Around eight hundred young people gather together to watch, and by the end are completely captivated.
— Wolfgang Schreiber, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Rowan is founder and producer of Kiez Oper, a company based in Berlin, bringing opera to uninitiated audiences in unusual settings. Previous projects have included Dido and Aeneas in techno club Salon zur wilden Renate - a production that later transferred to Wilderness Festival, a new narrative work 'Insanity' in the basin of dry swimming pool Stattbad, multidisciplinary performance 'Mauerklänge' combining projections from Tresor Art Director Tofa with ballet, lieder and chamber music in St. Elisabeth Kirche as part of Berlin Leuchtet festival, an open air garden production of Purcell's Fairy Queen, and Handel's Acis and Galatea at both disused factory Griessmühle and Else on the banks of the Spree.