Music Theatre Wales has announced a year-long season of work to mark its 25th anniversary. The celebrations begin this month with a new production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King coupled with a new piece of multi-media music theatre, Ping by Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça, based on Beckett’s monologue (26 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, then touring).
In July, MTW will perform another UK premiere, this time a musical drama by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino entitled The Killing Flower ahead of a tour of the work in October and November.
A season highlight is set to be the revival of the company’s award-winning production of Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage (touring autumn 2013). Both this and The Killing Flower will be performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio during a week-long residency from 21 to 16 October.
MTW will also continue its ongoing Make an Aria programme, helping emerging composers and writers broaden their experience of writing for opera, with projects planned for Cardiff and Oxford during the course of the year. Coupled with the Make an Aria programme will be a public masterclass by MTW’s patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, at the RWCMD on 14 March.
Looking further ahead, in autumn 2014 MTW will present the world premiere of a new opera commissioned by Philip Glass. The Trial is based on a short story by Kafka and will be adapted for the stage by playwright Christopher Hampton. This will be a co-commission and coproduction with the Royal Opera House and Houston Grand Opera – MTW’s production will be presented in Houston as the US premiere in spring 2015.