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.

Music - Tom Coult
Libretto - Alice Birch
Conductor - Andrew Gourlay
Director - Jude Christian
Designer - Rosie Elnile
Costume Designer - Cécile Trémolières
Orchestra - London Sinfonietta

Sung in English

We are delighted that following the cancellation of the original production and tour in 2020, Violet will now premiere at Aldeburgh Festival on 3rd June 2022, with a second performance on 5th June, before touring to Hackney (23rd June), Buxton International Festival (date tba) and venues in Wales (dates tba).

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Violet is a co-commission and co-production by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts, presented in association with the London Sinfonietta

The London performance is co-produced and presented by The Royal Opera in association with Hackney Empire