THE JAILER'S TALE
A new opera by Malcolm Singer with libretto by Nick Toczek
by Photographs by Simon Weir
This is the tale of Citizen X – the man in the street – an archetypal scapegoat, put on trial for the woes of the world. It is the story of his community who move from anger and protest, to silent collusion and the forces that act upon them to create their silence. The story is universal and timeless, and very much of today...
Finchley Children’s Music Group was formed in 1958 to mount a production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde. For it’s 50th anniversary, the group commissioned composer Malcolm Singer and poet Nick Toczek to create a new opera for the same forces – 3 professional singers, children solo voices. children’s choirs, strings, piano and percussion.
The result was The Jailer’s Tale, premiered in February 2010 at the Pentland Theatre, artsdepot, by three adult soloists together with some 170 young people, aged 5 to 19 years, from the Finchley Children’s Music Group with the orchestra from the Yehudi Menuhin School conducted by Grace Rossiter.
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