A rare opportunity to see Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, anti-war opera, performed here by an outstanding British cast.
Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play The Silver Tassie pries open the wound of the First World War and peers unblinkingly into its horrifying depths. The futility of war and its painful human cost is conveyed with even greater intensity in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s beautifully crafted operatic adaptation, which explores what happens when young, football-mad Irishman Harry comes back from the war in a wheelchair.
An all-star British cast has been assembled for this first UK revival of the opera since its 2000 premiere, including John Tomlinson, Susan Bickley, Sally Matthews and Louise Alder, with rising young baritone Ashley Riches as Harry. The performance will be conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.