The Welsh National Opera presents a new opera from acclaimed British composer Iain Bell, with a libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins that adapts David Jones’s epic poem set during the Battle of the Somme.
In celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary, Welsh National Opera presents a new opera from the young British composer Iain Bell. In Parenthesis is Bell’s third opera, after The Harlot’s Progress with Peter Ackroyd for Theater an der Wien in 2013 and the one-man chamber opera A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow for Houston Grand Opera in 2014. For In Parenthesis, David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins prepare the libretto from Welsh poet David Jones’s epic poem, as part of the continued commemorations of World War I.
Jones was known primarily as an engraver and painter until the publication of In Parenthesis in 1937. The lyrical poem, rich with references to the history of Welsh and English literature, marked Jones as one of the leading Welsh modernist poets of the time. Inspired by Jones’s own experiences as an infantryman during World War I, the poem describes the embarkation of Private John Ball and his comrades for France. The opera’s premiere marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
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