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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.

The Blackened Man

The Blackened Man (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0481899401. Details of all The Blackened Man archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S566939150

Archive Listings

26 Sep 02
28 Sep 02
Royal Opera House
West End
Greater London

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