Prometheus, rising

(c) The Wordsworth Trust; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationMore good news this week as I received confirmation of a project that has been bubbling away for some time. Stephen McNeff’s work for me about Shelley’s death at sea, called A Voice of One Delight and commissioned by the Presteigne Festival in 2010, underwent a transformation for the stage at the hands of McCaldin Arts, directed by Joe Austin. The piece will now undergo another transformation to emerge in extended, re-orchestrated form as Prometheus Drowned. The new work will be conducted by George Vass and directed by Richard Williams for Nova Music Opera, with me reprising my role, and will tour in a double bill with a new commission from Cecilia McDowall called Airbourne. Tour dates and venues to follow. The new title, Prometheus Drowned, is a play on Shelley’s epic poem Prometheus Unbound – here is Joseph Severn’s painting of Shelley composing that poem (allegedly) in the Baths of Caracalla.