Time passes like clockwork, until everything changes…The hotly anticipated world premiere of a new opera by rising star Tom Coult (resident composer, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) with a libretto by acclaimed playwright Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth; Normal People television adaptation).

Coult is a composer who spins glittering, teasingly ambiguous patterns out of simple-seeming material… a very individual voice

The Telegraph

Minutes and Seconds and Hours take
Centuries to fall into days.
And yet
Last night.
Last night I thought I felt it quicken.
And I willed it on.

In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. All these years her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower. Tick tock. Take your tablets. Tick tock. Husband will be home soon. Until the night she feels time quicken.

An hour disappears.
Each day. Every day.
Like clockwork.
And she’s never felt more alive.
With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape?

Combining the acclaimed talents of playwright Alice Birch, known for her powerful female-centred writing, and rising star composer Tom Coult, this is opera for now and about now.

Humor — playful, wild and jagged — is part of Alice Birch's arsenal

The New York Times

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Tom Coult music
Libretto by Alice Birch

Anna Dennis Violet
Richard Burkhard
Frances Gregory
Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks The Clockkeeper

Jude Christian
Rosie Elnile
set designer
costume designer
Jackie Shemesh
lighting designer
Adam Sinclair
Marty Moore
production Manager

London Sinfonietta

Andrew Gourlay

Sung in English with surtitles

A co-production for the Aldeburgh Festival by Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales
Production staged in association with the London Sinfonietta
Commissioned by Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales, in association with Theater Ulm

Pre-performance talk

Join us for a pre-performance talk at 6.30pm in the Peter Pears Recital Room. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance as spaces are limited.

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Please be aware, Violet contains some colourful language that people may find offensive.

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