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In 1954, Dylan Thomas caused a literary storm with his play for voices, Under Milk Wood. Sixty years on, Wales' leading opera composer, John Metcalf creates a groundbreaking new opera and recreates Thomas' world of Llareggub - the town that went mad.


undermilkwoodoperakirstenmcternan9.jpg (site)Under Milk Wood: an opera weaves together extraordinary poetic and comic language, contemporary and ancient instrumental music, recorded and live sound, asthis 13-strong company of singers and   multi-instrumentalists creates a feast for the ears.

Come join blind, old Captain Cat and his fellow villagers cradling their hopes and dreams in Llareggub. Anything can and will happen in this mythical village during the twenty four hours that have captured the imagination of millions worldwide.

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government. 

Part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. Premieres at Taliesin Arts Centre,

Swansea (3-5 April 2014)undermilkwoodoperakirstenmcternan14.jpg (site) then on tour around Wales (8-15 April).


About John Metcalf's last opera, A Chair in love:

"a comic opera whose splendidly daffy elements are juxtaposed with moments of reflection and genuine poignancy" THE WESTERN MAIL

"Truly engaging and touching! Metcalf's music transformed from jaunty, intricately woven threads into lyrically expressive passages."THE GUARDIAN


Photographs courtesy of Kirsten McTernan, March 2014


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