Based on the true story of a young miner in the North East of England during the mining strikes of the 1830s, The Blackened Man
tells the tale of Will Jobling, who is falsely accused of murdering a magistrate and sentenced to death by hanging - his body, dipped in tar, left on a gibbet over the Jarrow marshes as an example to the striking miners. Woven into this dark tale is the story of the love between Will and his young wife Isabella and the treachery of his friend Ralph Armstrong. Commissioned as part of the 'International Giuseppe Verdi Competition for the composition of a lyric opera', The Blackened Man
was one of only three operas to be accepted into the finals by a panel of judges that included Paola Arca, Pierluigi Petrobelli and Hans Werner Henze. Showcase performances - semi staged.Performers William Allenby, David Barrell, Graeme Danby, Mark Evans, Naomi Harvey, Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks, Valerie Reid, Ralph Woodward (piano), Natalie Murray (piano).
Music Will Todd. Lyrics Ben Dunwell. Company London Voices. Conductor Alistair Dawes. Director David Edwards. Lighting Simon Corder.