The Mermaid of Zennor was first performed by the Royal Northern College of Music conducted by Leo Geyer on the 10th of December 2011 at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theatre.
Director - Florence Wright
Principals - Amy Webber, Harriet Eaves, Timothy Langston.
Based on a Cornish legend, the opera brings the mermaid to life in a dramatic collision with the twenty-first century, exploring the ever-shifting boundaries of memory, myth and reality.
Siren - Rachel Pank
7th June 2012
RNCM - Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
18th/19th of August 2012
The Contella Orchestra - Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios
"imaginative and beautifully shaped."
The opera recognises that this is a local legend and tries as much as possible to evoke a sense of place. As soon as one arrives in the village of Zennor (a few miles from St. Ives), it is clear why the mermaid is so prevalent in local stories. You cannot see the beach from the village itself, as the land folds away so suddenly. There is carving of a mermaid said to be over six hundred years old, in the local church.
"The piece opened with a poetic and beautifully realised instrumental prelude which rose out of the sounds of the waves. Throughout Geyer’s writing for the instruments was poised and sparely elegant."
The Mermaid of Zennor is available to hire (which includes vocal reducation). Please contact the composer directly to discuss rental arrangements and performance rights.