The world premiere of ‘Anthropocene’, a gripping new work commissioned by Scottish Opera from composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, takes place on January 24 at Theatre Royal Glasgow. It then tours to King’s Theatre, Edinburgh and London’s Hackney Empire.
Telling the story of an expeditionary team of scientists who become trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands, ‘Anthropocene’ is directed by Matthew Richardson (Rigoletto 2018) and designed by Samal Blak, the award-winning team behind MacRae and Welsh’s five-star opera The Devil Inside (2016).
Conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford, the superb ensemble cast includes former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018), Scottish soprano Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd (Rigoletto 2018). ‘Anthropocene’ is the fourth collaboration between MacRae and Welsh, a fruitful partnership initially born of the 15-minute opera ‘Remembrance Day’ in 2009. The composer-librettist team went on to create Ghost Patrol in 2012, which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award, and 2016’s ‘The Devil Inside’, based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Inverness-born MacRae’s work has been performed at the Royal Opera House and Edinburgh International Festival, and by ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Hebrides Ensemble. He is currently Composer in Association at Lammermuir Festival.
A Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow, Welsh is the author of a number of popular novels including award-winning ‘The Cutting Room’ and ‘Plague Times Trilogy’.
This exciting production is sure to be a highlight of the 2019 season.
For tickets and dates, visit https://www.scottishopera.org.uk