A New Opera – The Three Wayfarers by John Whittaker
We’re delighted to announce that we have now completed casting for our brand new opera ‘The Three Wayfarers’ composed by John Whittaker. The plan is to create a workshop performance for Saturday evening, the 21st February 2015, we’ll be inviting supporters to help sponsor a tour or at least help fund the workshop by purchasing a ticket for £40.
The performance will take place at the intimate and atmospheric Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon, so in keeping with the original Thomas Hardy story. The one- act opera will be preceded by some new settings of Shakespeare songs also by John, performed by baritone Oskar McCarthy and Vaughan Williams’ well-known song cycle, ‘The Songs of Travel’ sung by baritone Miles Horner to complete a full programme of entertainment.
The Three Wayfarers is based on the play, by the same name, by Thomas Hardy.. the composer, John Whittaker, has given the opera a ‘folky’ feel in its vocal line and orchestration and so we hope, the production will appeal to a wide range of interests.