The Iris Murder – Hebrides Ensemble

April 28, 2016 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


World premiere performances of a new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. The Iris Murder is the first of two Hebrides Ensemble 25th birthday commissions from Scottish based composers and will tour to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Orkney during June 2016.

The opera features three characters. Rawley Beaunes, whose ideas and dress are rooted in the 1950s; Iris, a singing flower who Rawley encounters on a visit to the woods, and ghost The Green Man. Rawley throws flowers onto mounds of earth in the woods. He meets Iris and in anger knocks her head off. Thinking nothing of it, he settles at home on his 42nd birthday to reflect on his life. But the Green Man summons him to trial for the murder of Iris. As punishment, Rawley is forced to see the world in all its darkness before being returned to normal life.

Following the premiere in Glasgow, The Iris Murder visits the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and the St Magnus International Festival.

Alasdair Nicolson Music. John Gallas Libretto. Elizabeth Llewellyn Iris. Christopher Bowen Rawley Beaunes. Andrew Fellowes The Green Man. Martin Constantine Director. William Conway Musical Director. Gabriella Slade Set and Costume Designer. Mark Doubleday Lighting Designer.20 June 2016
St Magnus International Festival: Orkney Theatre, KirkwallFull Details:
http://hebridesensemble.com/concerts/iris/