Nova Music Opera

Barber Concert Hall
Arts and Law
Saturday 1st November 2014 (19:30)
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Prometheus Drowned

  • Barber Evening Concert

Nova Music Opera

Cecilia McDowall
Stephen McNeff
Prometheus Drowned

United by a common theme of misadventure, but distinct enough to engage and excite on many levels, these chamber operas make perfect performing partners.

Prometheus Drownedis a chilling exploration of the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1822 at Livorno in Tuscany. Richard Williams has reworked the libretto from contemporary sources, using journals, diaries and incorporates a number of Shelley’s own writings.

In Airborne, we move forward in history to World War I, where we meet Johnny, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, and Alice, a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. The opera reflects their parallel experiences on 1 July 1916, allowing them to interact and sing and dance together as their minds go back to the high spots of their deepening love affair; both anticipate and then witness the huge debacle that was the Battle of the Somme.

Venue: Barber Concert Hall

Admission: £20, £17 concessions, £15 Barber Friends, £5 students (Tickets are available from the Barber Institute reception on +44 (0)121 414 7333 or online at