Under Milk Wood: an opera
Based on the original play for voices by Dylan Thomas
Composed by John Metcalf. Text by Dylan Thomas.
A world premiere production by Taliesin Arts Centre (Wales) in coproduction with Le Chien qui chante (Quebec) & Companion Star (New York), and in association with Welsh National Opera. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government. Part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.
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.
Under Milk Wood: an opera weaves together extraordinary poetic and comic language, contemporary and ancient instrumental music, recorded and live sound, as this 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.
Praise for April 2014 Premier and Wales Tour
"WHISPER it, but John Metcalf might have achieved the seemingly impossible. With Under Milk Wood: An Opera, the Swansea-born composer has taken Dylan Thomas’s untouchable play for voices and, by setting it to a soundtrack of such expressive beauty, might – just might – have made it… better." The South Wales Evening Post
"a comic opera whose splendidly daffy elements are juxtaposed with moments of reflection and genuine poignancy," The Western Mail.
"Milkwood swings as Captain Cat Steals the show," The Guardian
"...an operatic testimony for Dylan Thomas," John Allison, The Telegraph
"the heart of the piece is Captain Cat, richly sung by Michael Douglas Jones," Mike Smith, Wales Online
"Skilfully telescoped dialogue," Rian Evans, The Guardian
"an operatic testimony for Dylan Thomas," John Allison, The Telegraph