This is opera for now and about now.
In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. For years, her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower, until one night she feels time quicken. Suddenly an hour is lost – every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray. With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape?
Combining the acclaimed talents of writer Alice Birch (TV adaptations include Normal People; film Lady Macbeth; stage Anatomy of a Suicide) and rising star composer Tom Coult (commissioned by First Night of the Proms; currently resident composer at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), this is opera for now and about now.
Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.
There will be a pre-performance talk at 7pm. This is open to all ticket holders.
Music: Tom Coult
Libretto: Alice Birch
Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
Director: Jude Christian
Designer: Rosie Elnile
Costume Designer: Cécile Trémolières
Lighting Designer: Jackie Shemesh
Sound Design: Sound Intermedia
Animation: Adam Sinclair
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
Bell Sounds created by Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Violet: Anna Dennis
Felix: Richard Burkhard
Laura: Frances Gregory
The Clockkeeper: Andrew MacKenzie Wicks
A co-production by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts
Production staged in association with the London Sinfonietta
Commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts in association with Theater Ulm
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The wearing of masks is encouraged.
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