Stephen Unwin director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Hannah Wolfe designer
Huw Watkins and David Harsent In the Locked Room
Peter Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse
Acclaimed theatre director Stephen Unwin joins forces with Michael Rosewell for two thrilling and mysterious operas by Huw Watkins and Peter Maxwell Davies.
Prepare yourselves for a gripping psychological drama in RCM alumnus Huw Watkins’ In the Locked Room. Described by the composer as 'inward-looking and reflective, grappling with deep emotion', this one-act opera explores the power of the mind and its influence on a person’s actions.
In Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera, three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappear from a remote Scottish Isle on a windy and rain-lashed night in 1900. What unfolds is based on a chilling and haunting real-life account found in Craig Mair’s book A Star for Seamen: The Stevenson Family of Engineers.
'The Lighthouse is a chamber opera, but it builds to a shattering conclusion worthy of opera at its grandest.'
'There's no spare flesh on Harsent's lapidary text, nor on Watkins's vocal writing; the textures he draws from the 14 instrumentalists in the pit have a Britten-like economy, every one fit for its expressive purpose.'