May - July 2016
WALES MILLENIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF, BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME & ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDONWATCH
It is 1916, and Private John Ball and his comrades in the Royal Welch Fusiliers are posted to fight in the Battle of the Somme. In Mametz Wood, they enter a strange realm – outside of time, dream-like yet deadly. But even here among the destruction, the soldiers find a fragile flowering of regeneration and rebirth.
Commissioned to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to celebrate the 70th year of Welsh National Opera, In Parenthesis was young British composer Iain Bell’s adaptation of the epic poem by writer and artist David Jones. Bell’s beautiful score combined traditional Welsh song with moments of otherworldliness, terror, humour and transcendence, while David Pountney’s period production was both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme. Rather than simply reporting the horrors of the Somme, In Parenthesis dares to offer hope.
In Parenthesis was streamed online via The Opera Platform – watch the live performance here.
In Parenthesis, Welsh National Opera, review: 'a gripping and moving world premiere' https://t.co/oP3lkD3nKP
— Telegraph Classical (@TeleClassical) May 14, 2016
— Francesca Brooks (@Frangipancesca) July 15, 2016
— Iain Bell (@IainBellMusic) November 23, 2016
Commissioned by the Nicholas John Trust
With 14-18 NOW. Supported by WNO Commissions Group.
Dates, Times & Locations
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Friday 13 & Saturday 21 May; Friday 3 June 7.15pm
Friday 10 June 7.15pm
Royal Opera House, London
Wednesday 29 June & Friday 1 July 7.30pm
Introducing In Parenthesis: Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus and Owen Sheers
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Friday 27 May 8.30pm
Iain Bell Music
David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins Libretto
Carlo Rizzi Conductor
David Pountney Director
Robert Innes Hopkins Designer
Andrew Bidlack Private John Ball
Peter Coleman-Wright Bard of Brittannia / HQ Officer
Alexandra Deshorties Bard of Germania / Alice the Barmaid / The Queen of the Woods
George Humphreys Lieutenant Jenkins
Marcus Farnsworth Lance Corporal Lewis
Mark Le Brocq Sergeant Snell
Donald Maxwell Dai Great Coat
Graham Clark The Marne Sergeant