26th March 2014


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A ground-breaking new opera reflecting on the modern exploitation of women across different cultures

The songs of silenced women

Anon is the secret journey of millions of women, a journey continuing every day, in the shadows.

You will be immersed in this new opera as you travel through hidden worlds and find yourself at the centre of heart-breaking stories reflecting the modern exploitation of women across different cultures.

Welsh National Opera mix voices, live soundscapes and contemporary theatre in this ground-breaking production, written by Paralympic Games opening ceremony composer Errollyn Wallen.

As part of the creative process, Errollyn Wallen and Director Wils Wilson led workshops with young women from schools and universities in Birmingham to get their views and hear about the challenges they face as young women in today’s society.

In exploring issues including sex and exploitation, they also undertook interviews with sex workers in Birmingham to hear their stories and to understand the circumstances they had found themselves in and the choices they had made along the way.

The cast includes Birmingham based soprano Claire Wild, Sara Lian Owen and Joanna Foote. They will be accompanied by Music Director and pianist Stuart Wild, percussionist James Gambold, and cellist Joseph Spooner.

The performance lasts approx 55 minutes, including an opportunity to reflect and share your thoughts on what you’ve seen and heard.

Find out more about how the project evolved here

Anon is a co-production between WNO and Sampad. It is part of WNO’s activities to engage with community and young people and forms part of the Fallen Women season, grown from the new artistic vision of WNO Artistic Director, David Pountney. Anon will be performed alongside WNO’s main season tour of Manon Lescaut, which is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome 5 and 7 March 2014

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