A new opera by Jonathan Finney
Based on Dame Susan Hill’s acclaimed novel
This is a New Palace Opera production
“This is going to be wonderful. I am so proud of what Jonathan has done to transform a novel into something quite new, without losing the essence of the book.” Susan Hill
A Kind Man tells the story of a couple, already dealing with the grief of losing a child, who face the prospect of further tragedy. Through a mysterious transformation, the opera leaves us with a message of hope.
In contrast to Susan Hill’s tale of malevolence in her renowned The Woman in Black, her later novel A Kind Man has at its centre a supernatural but benevolent undercurrent, in a tale that is both tragic and hopeful.
Finney’s music has been compared to “a confluence of 19th and 20th century music”. With many years of singing, conducting, and arranging opera, Finney’s understanding of the genre has created an exciting and musically sympathetic work in his first opera A Kind Man.
Of all the contemporary novelists who are compared to Dickens, Susan Hill probably has the best claim Prospect
Gerrit Paul Groen sings Tommy Carr,
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is his wife Eve.
With: Lizzie Holmes, Nicholas Morris, Zoe South and Kieran White.
The orchestra is the London Concertante, conducted by the composer.
Directed by Paul Higgins.
The composer Jonathan Finney is the music director of New Palace Opera.
New Palace Opera –“ …a serious company with talented singers” The Times