Jerwood Opera Open Session: Untitled

Thursday 19 Apr 2018 2:30pm

An informal showcase of a yet to be titled, new chamber opera in development. This short session will include a live performance of a few scenes and a Q&A with the composer and librettist.

Composer Tom Coult
Libretto Alice Birch

Soprano Anna Dennis
Mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard
Tenor Nathan Vale
Baritone Felix Kemp

Britten Sinfonia
Conductor Nicholas Kok

Opera (untitled) is inspired by the short satirical story The Devil in the Belfry, by Edgar Allen Poe.

An insular town runs like clockwork under their beloved clocktower – ‘our village has been running on the principles of Order and Regularity since the beginning of time’. One night, an hour disappears. On day two, two hours are missing, on day three, three are gone. Our story takes place over 24 increasingly short days, as time drains from the world, until the opera snaps shut as the final hour disappears.

We tell the story from the kitchen of the mayor and his wife, hearing tell of the chaos outside as the village comes to terms with their collapsing world – ‘The farmer put a bullet in each of his cows last night…hurled lead into the bodies of his dogs and his horses, his sheep… and his wife last night’.

Part of the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme

Opera (untitled) is a chamber piece for four singers and an ensemble of 13. The new opera is developed as part of the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme Fellowships at Snape Maltings, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The 2-year Fellowships provide a collaborative, supportive environment, as well as financial and practical support and expertise through workshops and mentoring.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information visit the Jerwood Charitable Foundation website.