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Welsh National Opera’s In Parenthesis to be Broadcast this Summer

THIS summer the Welsh National Opera’s new opera In Parenthesis will be screened across Wales and broadcast online for free via The Opera Platform. The company aims to reach a wider audience for the show by broadcasting and screening the opera internationally and across Wales. It will be the first time that the Welsh National Opera will be screening a main scale opera in cinemas.

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,LancWNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

 

Composed by Iain Bell, In Parenthesis is an operatic adaptation of poet, writer and artist David Jones’ epic poem. In Parenthesis reflects on Jones’ personal experience as a soldier at the Battle of Mametz Wood where he served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The opera is an artistic response in commemoration of Wales’ role in the First World War and its losses during The Battle of the Somme.

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,Lanc
WNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

 

The online broadcasting falls on the date of the centenary of The Battle of the Somme on 1 July and coincides with its performance at the Royal Opera House. The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales.

 

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,Lanc

WNO In Parenthesis, Credit: Bill Cooper ©

by Rebecca Acres

The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales From July 3. Its live performances are running in Cardiff, Birmingham and London until July 1. For further details please visit: here

Max Richter Writes Score for new ballet Woolf Works at the ROH

Max Richter works with Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor on Woolf Works, Royal Ballet, Virginia Woolf balletRecomposed (C) Erik Weiss

MAX Richter is indisputably one of the foremost composers and musical artists of his generation, especially in the arena of electro-acoustic work. This year, the Grammy-nominated composer brings his talents to the world of ballet with a new collaboration with the Royal Ballet on Woolf Works.

For this work, Richter teams up again with acclaimed Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor on Woolf Works. This ballet, which is Richter’s first evening-length piece, takes inspiration from the life and works of Virginia Woolf, functioning simultaneously as a biographical narrative of her life as well as a walk through three of her novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, plus a selection of her autobiographical writings.

Max Richter works with Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor on Woolf Works, Royal Ballet, Virginia Woolf balletRecomposed Max Richter (C) Erik Weiss

Not surprisingly, this collaboration between McGregor and Richter is dynamic, multi-sensory and interdisciplinary, creating a new mode through multiple languages, media, technologies, movement and symphonic music. The pair previously teamed up for Infra in 2008, the short opera Sum, and the ballet Kairos for the Zurich Ballet, which pulled from Richter’s fifth album The Four Seasons Recomposed.

Max Richter works with Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor on Woolf Works, Royal Ballet, Virginia Woolf balletThe Blue Notebooks by Max Richter cover

In spite of the eclectic, often experimental nature of his works and his deep interest in a variety of musical styles, particularly punk and electronic music, Richter is classically trained, receiving a degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music and studying with acclaimed Luciano Berio in Italy. From the beginning, Richter’s output has been steady and prolific with five solo albums he composed and recorded himself, composing for opera, ballet, cinema and stage; and a wide range of collaborations and installations with other artists.

by Jessica Quillin

Woolf Works will be staged at the Royal Opera House from Monday 11 May through Tuesday 26 May 2015. For information and tickets, visit here