Work of the Week - Huw Watkins: In The Locked Room

On 4 July 2015, Huw Watkins’ one-act chamber opera In the Locked Room will receive its German premiere in a new production by Staatsoper Hamburg, directed by Petra Müller and conducted by Daniel Carter. The opera was originally premiered in 2012 in a joint production by Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera, who commissioned the work. The libretto was written by David Harsent, with whom Watkins wrote his previous chamber opera Crime Fiction (2009). 

Based on the short story by Thomas Hardy, In the Locked Room concerns Ella and her career-focused husband Stephen who have rented a room in a holiday home on the English coast. Ella discovers that Ben Pascoe, a poet for whom she has a deep fascination, is an intermittent lodger in the next-door room. This fascination quickly develops into an obsession with the possibility of them meeting. The boundaries between reality and fantasy become blurred and Ella’s connection to reality weakens. Consumed by her obsession, she decides to stay in her dream world.

Ella
A loose door knocking in an empty house.
A room within a room.
I know the place… I go to it in dreams…

Watkins describes In the Locked Room as:

“inward-looking and reflective, grappling with deep emotions. There are isolated outbursts, and I hope that they are the more powerful for being withheld. The overall mood is one of wistfulness and melancholia.” - Huw Watkins

The production by Staatsoper Hamburg will feature Christina Gansch as Ella, Benjamin Popson as Stephen, Maria Markina as Susan the property owner and Vincenzo Neri as Ben Pascoe. Performances will run from 4 to 12 July.

 

foto: Benjamin Ealovega

(06/29/2015)

 

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06/29/2015

Work of the Week - Huw Watkins: In The Locked Room

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