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Peter Eötvös's contemporary opera

Friday 22 September - Tuesday 31 October 2017
Cardiff, Birmingham, Basingstoke,
Bangor, Snape, London


UK Autumn tour of The Golden Dragon by Peter Eötvös
Hungarian composer's darkly comic fable of migration and exploitation

The UK's leading contemporary opera company, Music Theatre Wales, returns this autumn with a shockingly relevant tale of migration and exploitation, Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös's The Golden Dragon.

'a taut, impressive piece, brilliantly presented' - The Guardian

Dates and venues:
Friday 22 September 7.30pm          Cardiff             Sherman Theatre
Tuesday 3 October 7.45pm             Birmingham     Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio
Thursday 12 October 7.45pm          Basingstoke     The Anvil
Wednesday 18 October 7.30pm       Bangor            Pontio
Saturday 21 October 7.30pm          Snape              Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Tuesday 31 October 7.30pm           London            Hackney Empire

When Music Theatre Wales gave the UK Premiere of the Hungarian composer's terse, effective chamber opera at the Buxton Festival in July 2016 it was greeted with immediate critical acclaim.

A compelling tale - part black comedy, part heartbreaking lament - set in a pan-Asian restaurant, Eötvös's Brechtian fable was hailed as 'a taut, impressive piece, brilliantly presented' by The Guardian's critic, while The Times praised 'Michael McCarthy's production, with a small orchestra immaculately conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, plays it all as a surreal romp, rich in black humour and physical comedy'. The Telegraph described Eötvös's score as 'spare but brilliant, and flecked with moments of rare beauty.... I began being baffled and amused, but I ended up haunted and moved'.

No wonder, then, that there's a sense of heightened expectation around the forthcoming autumn tour which opens at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff on Friday, September 22, touring to Birmingham, Basingstoke, Bangor, Aldeburgh and London's Hackney Empire until the end of October.

Set in a Pan-Asian restaurant found in any city anywhere, and based on Roland Schimmelpfennig's wildly successful play, The Golden Dragon is funny, shocking and touching in equal measure. Migration, exploitation, hopes and lost dreams are all here. At the heart of this East-meets-West tale, is the discovery of a decayed tooth in a bowl of soup. It belongs to a kitchen "boy", a long way from home and with no papers. He's also looking for his sister, but she's been forced into a very different kind of service just next door....

The Golden Dragon certainly deals with serious issues that are deeply recognisable in today's world, but what struck MTW's Artistic Director Michael McCarthy so forcefully was the vitality and virtuosity of Eötvös's score and the joyous theatricality of the piece.

The Golden Dragon by
Peter Eötvös:
based on the play by Roland Schimmelpfennig
English translation by Gregory Vajda
Sung in English with English surtitles
Running time: 90 minutes without interval
Director: Michael McCarthy
Conductor: Geoffrey Paterson
Designer: Simon Banham
Lighting Designer: Ace McCarron
Cast: Llio Evans, Johnny Herford, Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks, Daniel Norman, Lucy Schaufer 

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