Music Theatre Wales' first Welsh language opera explores the challenges of love, change and ageing
The company has long wanted to commission and perform a Welsh language opera and a disturbing and provocative play by Gwenlyn Parry, one of Wales’ most important playwrights, has proved to be the inspiration. Created by Guto Puw (music) and Gwyneth Glyn (libretto) this new chamber opera has been co-produced with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru who have provided cultural and linguistic expertise.
The tension that drives the original play is that between fantasy and reality; between what is and what might have been. Y Tŵr (The Tower) explores the extremes of emotion experienced by two lovers over the course of a lifetime together, journeying from youth to old age, from love to despair, from desire to disillusionment. The performers will go through the process of becoming older as the opera advances, bringing the audience into the inner world of the characters as they age. The opera will be sung in Welsh with English surtitles.
The Music Theatre Wales co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Y Tŵr by Guto Puw and Gwyneth Glyn, opens at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff on May 19 and will have six more performances concluding on July 17 at the Buxton International Festival.