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In the Locked Room

A closed door sparks an obsession with dramatic consequences in this opera by Huw Watkins and David Harsent.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of In the Locked Room. It was last on stage 27–29 September 2012 as part of the Autumn 2012/13 season.

Introduction

This one-act opera, an adaptation of a short story by Thomas Hardy, explores the power of the imagination and the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Background

Huw Watkins is admired across the UK for his work as a composer and pianist, and has an impressive body of orchestra, chamber and vocal works. For In the Locked Room, he teams up with poet and librettist David Harsent, with whom he previously collaborated in 2009 on the chamber opera Crime Fiction. Harsent’s work in opera also includes his libretto for Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, which was given its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2008.

In the Locked Room is brought to the Linbury Studio Theatre by Music Theatre Wales in collaboration with Scottish Opera. The production is directed by Michael McCarthy and Matthew Richardson.