The World's Wife: an Opera by Tom Green and Carol Ann Duffy | Welsh National Opera

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

New Production

We do our best,
we Queens, we mothers,
mothers of Queens

That saying? Behind every famous man...? From Mrs Darwin to Queen Kong, Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife is a poetry collection that takes a swipe at the famous men of history and myth from their spouses' perspective. Composer Tom Green has transformed these firework poems in to a 21st century opera for solo soprano and string quartet and loop pedals. Join us for the debut of a radical new operatic voice, as five onstage musicians construct disembodied choirs and armies of string quartets to tell a story we all share. 

A production by Welsh National Opera, Taliesin Arts Centre, Echo Forest and The Mavron Quartet.

Pre-performance talk by Carol Ann Duffy and Tom Green

From 6.15pm, in the Preseli Room at Wales Millennium Centre, poet Carol Ann Duffy will give a short reading from The World’s Wife followed by a talk from Tom Green, composer of the opera.

Spaces are limited, so please call Ticket Office on 029 2063 6464 to secure a place.

Sung in English with surtitles in English

Running time 70 minutes with no interval


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Tom Green is supported by PRS for Music Foundation

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Soprano Amanda Forbes

with the Mavron String Quartet

Composer Tom Green

Text Carol Ann Duffy

Director Ed Madden

Designer Grace Smart

Sound Design Samuel Jones