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In the Locked Room

In the Locked Room

Opera in 1 act

Libretto by David Harsent based on a short story by Thomas Hardy


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Taking Thomas Hardy’s short story as its starting point, we are transported to the present for a contemporary take on the novella which explores the power the mind can have over that person’s actions. A closed door sparks an obsession so strong that the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur.

Ella and her high-finance husband Stephen rent a room in a holiday home on the coast, owned by Susan. Ella discovers that a locked room in the house is rented by a poet - Ben Pascoe - whose work holds a deep fascination for her. The room is held for Pascoe, though he visits rarely.
Ella's obsession with Pascoe grows in parallel with the progress of Stephen's biggest City deal. She begins by imagining the poet's voice as she reads his work, but this quickly grows to fantasised encounters with Pascoe in his locked room. Stephen returns from the City and makes love to Ella, but it is not him she wishes for. We see the real Pascoe only once, with Susan.
As Stephen's financial dreams are realised and Ella's fantasy consumes her, she learns of Pascoe's death. Despite her changed circumstances, Ella chooses to stay in her new world.
Details
Auftragswerk : This work was commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera and was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Wales and Foyle Foundation
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 30. August 2012 Edinburgh, Traverse Theatre (UK) Edinburgh International Festival 2012 · Players from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera · Dirigent: Michael Rafferty · Inszenierung: Michael McCarthy · Kostüme: Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera · Bühnenbild: Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera
Year of composition: 2011-2012
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1.1-1.1.0.0-1perc(crot, s.d, b.d, high metal block, high and med wdbl)-hp-str(1.1.1.2.1)
occupation: Ella Foley · soprano - Susan Wheeler · mezzo-soprano - Stephen Foley · tenor - Ben Pascoe · baritone
Performances
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-07-03 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-07-02 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-06-29 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-06-27 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-10 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-07 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-11 | Mold (United Kingdom), Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-02 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Cardiff Sherman
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-30 | Aberystwyth (United Kingdom), Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-09 | Basingstoke (United Kingdom), Anvil
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Mumford Theatre
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-30 | Oxford (United Kingdom), Oxford Playhouse
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-29 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-28 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-27 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-07 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Theatre Royal Glasgow — 19.15 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-06 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Theatre Royal Glasgow — 19.15 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-02 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 15.00 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-01 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 12.00 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-08-30 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 20.00 h | World Premiere
Awards

Olivier Award

Taking Thomas Hardy’s short story as its starting point, we are transported to the present for a contemporary take on the novella which explores the power the mind can have over that person’s actions. A closed door sparks an obsession so strong that the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur.

Ella and her high-finance husband Stephen rent a room in a holiday home on the coast, owned by Susan. Ella discovers that a locked room in the house is rented by a poet - Ben Pascoe - whose work holds a deep fascination for her. The room is held for Pascoe, though he visits rarely.
Ella's obsession with Pascoe grows in parallel with the progress of Stephen's biggest City deal. She begins by imagining the poet's voice as she reads his work, but this quickly grows to fantasised encounters with Pascoe in his locked room. Stephen returns from the City and makes love to Ella, but it is not him she wishes for. We see the real Pascoe only once, with Susan.
As Stephen's financial dreams are realised and Ella's fantasy consumes her, she learns of Pascoe's death. Despite her changed circumstances, Ella chooses to stay in her new world.
Auftragswerk : This work was commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera and was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Wales and Foyle Foundation
Performance duration: 45'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 30. August 2012 Edinburgh, Traverse Theatre (UK) Edinburgh International Festival 2012 · Players from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera · Dirigent: Michael Rafferty · Inszenierung: Michael McCarthy · Kostüme: Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera · Bühnenbild: Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera
Year of composition: 2011-2012
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1.1-1.1.0.0-1perc(crot, s.d, b.d, high metal block, high and med wdbl)-hp-str(1.1.1.2.1)
occupation: Ella Foley · soprano - Susan Wheeler · mezzo-soprano - Stephen Foley · tenor - Ben Pascoe · baritone
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-07-03 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-07-02 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-06-29 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Orchestra: RCM International Opera School
2018-06-27 | London (United Kingdom), Britten Theatre — 19:00
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-10 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-07 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter
2015-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Opera stabile — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-11 | Mold (United Kingdom), Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-07 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Royal Northern College of Music
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-11-02 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Cardiff Sherman
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-30 | Aberystwyth (United Kingdom), Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-09 | Basingstoke (United Kingdom), Anvil
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-10-02 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Mumford Theatre
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-30 | Oxford (United Kingdom), Oxford Playhouse
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-29 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-28 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-27 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-07 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Theatre Royal Glasgow — 19.15 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-06 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Theatre Royal Glasgow — 19.15 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-02 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 15.00 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-09-01 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 12.00 h
Conductor: Michael Rafferty
2012-08-30 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Traverse Theatre — 20.00 h | World Premiere

Olivier Award

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