A brand new opera in the Welsh language will receive its world premiere at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre on 19 May. Following the lives of a couple, and the dramatic inner workings of their relationship over several decades, the production promises to bring a full spectrum of emotion to stage.
Adapted from Gwenlyn Parry’s well-respected 1978 play, The Tower, by poet, writer, singer and songwriter Gwenyth Glyn, this new opera shows the classic drama in a new light. The whole performance has been produced as a collaboration between Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru with composer Guy Shisher setting the score.
In the simplest terms, Y Tŵr is a tale about real life and real love. It tells the story of a couple as they struggle with their lives and with each other. Vitally, it is a story that will be told in Welsh, though there will be English surtitles projected above the stage for those who can’t boast fluency in the language.
Debuting in Cardiff as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, the opera will take to the road after its opening weekend, with performances scheduled in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Mold and Swansea, concluding with a final show at Buxton Festival in July.