21 May 2015 at 12.53pm | Comment on this article
The heights scaled by opera singers are usually confined to fiendishly difficult arias, but things are taken a little more literally in Welsh National Opera's 'Flight School' rehearsals for Richard Ayres and Lavinia Greenlaw's new family opera, Peter Pan.
Overseen by Aerial and Fight Director Ran Arthur Braun, the production's cast have been perfecting their in-harness 'Spiderman', 'Matrix Walk' and 'Superman' moves ahead of the Company's London performances at the Royal Opera House in July.
The opera is adapted from J.M. Barrie's beloved fairytale, highlighting the dangerous, vibrant and anarchic elements of the tale. Composer Ayres has described how one of his greatest challenges as a composer has been 'to find a musical language that not only suits a world full of children, but also one that describes a bizarre, slightly disturbing and dreamlike world'.