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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 Mothering Sunday, Lady Macbeth; stage Anatomy of a Suicide) and Composer Tom Coult (commissions include First Night of the Proms, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, currently Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), this is opera for now and about now.

Bell Sounds created by Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Music Theatre Wales | Britten Pears Arts | London Sinfonietta

A co-production by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts.
Production staged in association with the London Sinfonietta

Commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts in association with Theater Ulm

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  • 5 Stars

    Violet is the best new British Opera in years
    The Telegraph
  • 4 Stars

    A harrowing night out, but gripping.
    The Times
  • 4 Stars

    There is real assurance about every gesture and texture, it’s tremendously accomplished
    The Guardian
  • 5 Stars

    accomplished and fascinating new work
    The Stage