Surrey opera in rare performance this weekend at Trinity School Concert Hall, Croydon
Surrey Opera have taken a daring step in producing a rare opera not staged since 1934/5, two years after it was written by composer George Lloyd.
Iernin, a Celtic opera in three acts, was written by composer George Lloyd, based on a libretto by his father William A. C. Lloyd.
The opera tells the story of a beautiful maiden turned to stone by puritanical priests at the dawn of Christianity, only to reawaken hundreds of years later to entrance a betrothed Cornish nobleman who abandons his wedding for her.
Set against the backdrop of a soon to be occupied Cornwall and the struggle of its leader and people to retain their independence from Saxon overloads, the opera is a story about the defence of the weak and society's fear of change.
Written during the rise of German National Socialism and alongside the abduction of Edward VIII, the story also strikes some resonant chords with one of the most dramatic periods in British history.
Iernin; Trinity School Concert Hall, Croydon; October 24 to 26, 7.30pm; £20 and £18, 0208 660 5760, wegottickets.com/surreyopera
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