Shadow Opera is a collective whose passion is bringing music and theatre together in powerful, innovative and entertaining productions. Focusing on modern and contemporary works we look to breath new life into opera and help audiences expand their concept of this much misunderstood art form.
Founded in 2010 by composer and conductor Tom Floyd and director Deborah Cohen the groups debut production was Tom’s first chamber opera The Nightingale and The Rose (libretto by David Spittle) at The Gate Arts Centre (Cardiff). This adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story was premiered alongside newly commissioned short operas by Rebecca Clarke (A Kind of Alaska), Stephen Benson (Ariel and The Crow) and Alexander Thacker (A Winter’s Tale). After the success of this first venture Tom and David went to write their second opera, The Shadow of the Wave which premiered at The Gate Arts Centre (2011)before Shadow Opera was invited by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to perform a double-bill of Nightingale and Shadow of The Wave at the newly build Richard Burton Theatre, as part of the colleges opening celebrations. Since then the group have gone on to perform both productions in other venues such as Gloucester Cathedral and Tête à Tête Opera Festival (London).
In 2013 Shadow Opera were invited back to the Tête à Tête Opera Festival to premiere the first act of Tom and David’s most recent collaboration, an adaptation of Voltaire’s short story, Micromegas. Future projects include staging the full two act version of MICROmegas, a new production of The Nightingale and The Rose (in collaboration with Puppetcraft) and a new piece for the Tête à Tête Opera Festival’s 10th anniversary (Aug 2017).