Poetry Station: Nancy Gaffield reads ‘Nihonbashi’

Poet-librettist Nancy Gaffield reads ‘Nihonbashi,’ the first poem in her award-winning cycle of poems, Tokaido Road.

Nancy reads further poems from the cycle, and talks about the cycle as a whole, over on The Poetry Station: click here for more.

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Let’s make an opera: just under three weeks to go

Rehearsals started in earnest yesterday for Tokaido Road, and with the premiere performance at this year’s Cheltenham Festival two weeks this Sunday, excitement is running high amongst the team.

After all the preparations, the funding applications, bureaucratic endeavour and lengthy incubation process, now the real fun begins.  The stage set has been delivered; fabulous costumes have arrived from Japan; the musical and technical teams are assembled, and we’re now in the rehearsal period in earnest.

Literary siblings

Literary siblings

Side by side, too, are the original book of poems on which the opera is based, and the recently-published opera libretto.

Find out more about the Cheltenham Festival premiere on the festival website here.

Not long to go now…