‘Violet is the best new British Opera in years’ – The Telegraph
‘A harrowing night out, but gripping’ – The Times
‘There is real assurance about every gesture and texture, it’s tremendously accomplished’ – The Guardian
A Music Theatre Wales production, co-commissioned and co-produced by Snape Music and Theater Magdeburg, in association with the London Sinfonietta.
Composed by Tom Coult and written by Alice Birch
In an isolated community controlled by the regularity of the town clock, suddenly an hour is lost every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray.
While the men in charge lose control, Violet begins to imagine a different future. Trapped and stifled in an unhappy marriage, she senses there’s a new life to be discovered and sets out to find it.
Combining the acclaimed talents of writer Alice Birch (TV adaptations include Normal People, Succession; film Lady Macbeth, Mothering Sunday; stage Anatomy of a Suicide) and composer Tom Coult (commissions include First Night of the Proms, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, currently Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), this is an opera for now and about now.
Founded in 1988, Music Theatre Wales is the UK’s leading producer of new opera and music theatre. Creating bold and adventurous work, the company collaborates with the most acclaimed composers of our time, including Peter Maxwell Davies and Philip Glass. Music Theatre Wales has a long association with BIF, and its celebrated original productions include Greek, The Killing Flower, The Golden Dragon and Y Twr.
This event does not include an interval.
Please note, this production contains strong language.
Coult is a composer who spins glittering, teasingly ambiguous patterns out of simple-seeming material – The Telegraph
Creatives & Cast
Andrew Gourlay Conductor
Jude Christian Director
Maya Shimmin Assistant Director
Rosie Elnile Designer
Cécile Trémolières Costume Designer
Jackie Shemesh Lighting Designer
Sound Design Sound Intermedia
Animation Adam Sinclair
London Sinfonietta Orchestra
Bell Sounds created by Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Anna Dennis Violet
Richard Burkhard Felix
Frances Gregory Laura
Andrew Mackenzie Wicks Clock Keeper