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In the Locked Room

In the Locked Room

Opera in one act


  • Edition: study score
  • Language: English
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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 (015)
Series: Music Of Our Time
Year of composition: 2011
page number: 156
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 (015)
Series: Music Of Our Time
Year of composition: 2011
page number: 156
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