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This is the Day.....the oratorio from a new opera by Alan Osborne     

This is the Day.....the oratorio from a new opera by Alan Osborne Featuring
Dowlais Male Voice Choir,
Gareth Rhys-Davies A.R.C.M Baritone
Katie Woolveridge: Mezzo Soprano
Amy Slater as Ruth
Raja Mohammadi
Lead Violin of the Tehran Orchestra.

The Opera’s duration, in its form, is 24 hours and is taken from actual conditions given to people who wanted to live in West Wales ‘Ty un Nos’.

The great tradition of the Oratorio in Wales makes a welcome return to the Myfanwy Theatre, Merthyr Tydfil. 18th March 2009, 7.30pm

A new fuller version makes ‘This is the day’ an Opera-Oratorio, the mixture of folk, hymnal and classical has been a European tradition, but rarely in Wales!

This new work has for its main theme the hotbed of political and spiritual upheaval during the revolutionary times of the eighteen forties – the modern world is being born.

Bands of refugee workers from the North, South, East and West of Wales leave the ‘poisoned skies’ and burning earth of the Industrial Revolution and attempt to build a new unified community through song, work and worship. They meet at Rhydwilym, known for its secret valleys of political and spiritual freedom.

Firstly they have to to fulfill the cunning conditions of the magistrate of the West: secondly, try to accept the two wild irreverent folk musicians of the forest who threaten and tease with unholy superstitions, thirdly, Judah Pryce, an elected leader, has to face disgrace and rejection after he confesses to witnessing old Welsh Celtic Magic in the dark woods.

It’s almost morning now – how will it be resolved?
Will providence move in the refugees favour?

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