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Gair ar Gnawd

A tattoo artist. A bible translator. A shared struggle.

What happens when two different people unite through a shared struggle?

Awen is a tattoo artist. Anwar is a Bible translator. When a development plan threatens to destroy their community and remove them from the converted chapel they work in, they come together.

They will realise they are connected not just by their seemingly impossible struggle but by a love of language and storytelling too. Belief, identity, local community unity and the discovery of common ground, Gair ar Gnawd is a very real opera sung in Welsh, about Wales now. It is a story we can relate to and be inspired by.

Composer Pwyll ap Siôn
Librettist Menna Elfyn

Soloists
Awen (A tattoo artist) Siân Meinir
Anwar (A bible translator) Dyfed Wyn Evans 
 
Semi chorus
Jessica Robinson
Alys Mererid Roberts
Joanna Harries
Aimee Daniel
Robert Lewis
Rhodri Prys Jones
Meilir Jones
Emyr Wyn Jones
 
Ensemble
Piano Annette Bryn Parri
Percussion Dewi Ellis Jones
Clarinet & Saxophone David Miller
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass WNO Orchestra Strings
 
Creative Team
Music Director Jenny Pearson
Director Angharad Lee
Repetiteur Annette Bryn Parri
Designer Becky Davies
Lighting Designer Ace McCarron
WNO Producer Ruth Evans

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