A population is fleeing a terrible catastrophe. Seven disparate survivors stumble upon a calm clearing in a forest and form an uneasy alliance. There are rumours of a prophet. His name is Thwaite. Is he among them? And if so, which of them is he? Their uneasy truce unravels as they attempt to find out.
Hamelin is a collaboration between Ireland’s most prolific young composer, Ian Wilson and Forward Prize Nominee, poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw.
A mysterious and compelling tale, Hamelin explores what happened after the pied piper left the fabled village. A crippled young girl (soprano Natalie Raybould) is stranded, her only companions are a sinister doctor (bass John Milne) and an equally shady town Mayor (tenor Eugene Ginty). The warped relationship between the three expose the disturbing world of a medieval town ravaged by famine and plague.
Following its international success with Handel opera productions (New York, Paris, Melbourne, Edinburgh, London) Opera Theatre Company presents this stunning baroque masterpiece with an Irish period instrument orchestra.