In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. For years, her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower, until one night she feels time quicken. Suddenly an hour is lost – every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray. With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape?
Combining the acclaimed talents of writer Alice Birch (TV adaptations include Normal People; film Lady Macbeth; stage Anatomy of a Suicide) and rising star composer Tom Coult (commissioned by First Night of the Proms; currently resident composer at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), this is opera for now and about now.
The Royal Opera in association with Hackney Empire
A co-commission and co-production by
Music Theatre Wales, Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera
Production staged in association with the London Sinfonietta
Music Tom Coult
Libretto Alice Birch
Director Jude Christian
Desginers Rosie Elnile and Cécile Trémolières
Conductor Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra London Sinfonietta
Sung in English with English surtitles
£40–£10 (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone).
100 tickets are available for Under 30s at only £15 across all prices – first come first served.
The performance lasts 85 minutes with no interval.
Age guidance: Suitable for 12+ (contains strong language).