Bristol Theatre News

New Opera The Skating Rink to Premiere at Garsington Opera This Summer

A new opera will be premiering at Garsington Opera this year, with The Skating Rink taking place on 05 July 2018.

Composed by David Sawer to a libretto by playwright Rory Mullarkey and based on Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s novel, the opera will spin a thriller of jealousy, passion and political corruption.

Three narrators tell the story of Nuria, a young figure-skating champion dropped from the Olympic team. A besotted civil servant steals public funds to build her a secret rink, but with blackmail, treachery and love affairs, it’s doomed to disaster.

British composer Sawer says: “Immediately what grabbed me about the book was its structure. The fact that it is a story told from multiple viewpoints; that there isn’t just one linear narrative, that there are interlocking stories and that the events are told from different perspectives…that was very interesting for me, musically. There are lots of different themes in the narrative. What I think I’ve written is almost like a filmstrip, which will come to life when it is staged.”

BBC Radio 3 will record a live performance for broadcast in the autumn.

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