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TALK: Opera Composer & Music Director Noah Mosley

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Ahead of the performances of his opera 'Mad King Suibhne' in December, composer and music director Noah Mosley joins us to discuss his inspiration, the process of writing an opera and making his musical choices.

Mad King Suibhne is a new opera based on an Irish poem that was probably compiled in the twelfth century, it explores what happens after King Suibhne kills his childhood friend during a battle. He goes mad at the violence of the world and flees to the forest where he finds some comfort in nature and discovers that he is able to withstand certain temptations. He is coaxed back home by a supportive witch, his half-brother who tricks him, and the thoughts of his Queen Eorann. Back home he finally accepts the need to govern wisely the world he is faced with rather than despair at all of its imperfections.

The libretto of Mad King Suibhne brilliantly balances a fast-paced and magical world of animals, colour and the supernatural with more serious themes like the difficulty of loving someone with a mental illness, and the potentially destructive effects of an aggressively competitive society. The conflict between wildness and civilization is ongoing but the original poem and the opera deal with an even more important theme, our desire to make the world a better place and how hard it is to act out that desire.

Accompanied by a ten-piece orchestra, the opera was originally designed to be performed in a barn setting with internal wooden structures. The piece will take place in our 13th century monastic barn continuing a legacy started by the remarkable 140ft installation as context for the set. On the night of the talk an aria from the opera will be performed.

The opera was 18 months in the making, from initial discussions through to the final piece.

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