A new one-man chamber opera by Hannah Kendall, The Knife of Dawn explores the life and mind of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter as he boldly fights for his country’s independence. As one of the UK’s leading young composers, Kendall writes music of great beauty and intricacy.
In this, her operatic debut, she takes inspiration from one of the Caribbean’s most influential writers, setting Carter’s own lyrical and evocative poems, drawn together into a moving new libretto by Tessa McWatt.
Set in 1953 during Carter’s imprisonment, The Knife of Dawn vividly reveals the personal struggles of a courageous artist, exploring cultural, political and social issues still very relevant today.
…intricately and skillfully wrought.
Part of Roundhouse’s celebration of Black History Month.
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Advisory: not suitable for children but may attend if accompanied, at parents’ discretion
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MUSIC Hannah Kendall
LIBRETTO Tessa McWatt
DIRECTOR John Walton
DESIGNER Martin Thomas
LIGHTING DESIGNER Zoë Spurr
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Svetlana Biba
PRODUCER Rhuti Carr
CONDUCTOR Rebecca Miller
SOLO BARITONE Eric Greene
SOPRANO 1 Anna Snow, Juice Vocal Ensemble
SOPRANO 2 Sarah Dacey, Juice Vocal Ensemble
ALTO Kerry Andrew, Juice Vocal Ensemble
HARP Tamara Young
VIOLIN Mandhira de Saram
VIOLA Clifton Harrison
VIOLONCELLO Zoë Martlew