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Saturday 13 June 8pm (ends approx 9.30pm, no interval)

From £5.00 to £40.00

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. All these years her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower.

Tick tock. Take your tablets. Tick tock. Husband will be home soon. Until the night she feels time quicken.

An hour disappears.
Each day. Every day.
Like clockwork.
And she’s never felt more alive.

With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape?

Combining the acclaimed talents of playwright Alice Birch, known for her powerful female- centred writing, and rising star composer Tom Coult, this is opera for now and about now, its theme universal and timeless.

Cast: Elizabeth Atherton, John Graham-Hall, Frances Gregory, Elliot Carlton Hines 

London Sinfonietta
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Jude Christian director

Sung in English with surtitles
World premiere

Music by Tom Coult
Libretto by Alice Birch

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

If you can, we’d be enormously grateful if you would make a donation to our vital work, which makes a deeply positive impact on thousands of lives every year. Together, we can combat the lasting impact of this virus by bringing the joy of music into people’s lives once again.

All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.

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Pre-performance talk with members of the creative team
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape
Tickets Free but please book when booking your tickets to the performance

Violet is co-commissioned and co-produced by Music Theatre Wales, Aldeburgh Festival and Theater Magdeburg, and was developed on a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship at Snape Maltings.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Venue Address:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP