Welsh-sung opera adds new slant to festival

Buxton International Festival brought us the only performance outside Wales of Y Tŵr by Guto Puw.

Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 7:17 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:52 pm
Y Twr at Buxton Opera House.
Y Twr at Buxton Opera House.

This Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru production at the Opera House was sung in Welsh with English side-titles.

The opera charts the relationship of a couple from youth to death, exploring the tensions between fantasy and reality.

Caryl Hughes and Gwion Thomas were excellent in the two demanding roles: they sang and acted impressively and grew old before our eyes. The music was modern and told the story with soaring clarity.

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The set was right, especially as the clutter of life was cast away in old age.

This was certainly something different for Buxton, a totally new slant on opera which the audience really appreciated.