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Tansy Davies and Nick Drake premiere Cave

The London Sinfonietta, in association with The Royal Opera, presents the new commission at London Printworks this summer

Tansy Davies and Nick Drake will premiere their brand new site specific opera this June at London's Printworks venue. Called Cave, the futuristic work tells the story of one man's battle to find his lost daughter amidst the devastation of climate change.

The piece was commissioned to Davies by London Sinfonietta as a finale to its 50th anniversary season, and has the composer reunite with Drake following the award winning 2016 operatic response to 9/11, Between Worlds. “We both want to try and achieve a better world, a balanced world where respect for nature is important” says Davies. “We both feel that there’s power there – not only dreams and visions but real wisdom that we can reclaim and respect... It’s an outer journey about the world and situation we’re in but it’s also an inner journey. It has to do with finding stillness within.”

Cave is performed by tenor Mark Padmore, mezzo-soprano Elaine Mitchener and the London Sinfonietta. It is directed by Lucy Bailey and conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, and will run 20-23 June. Tickets are available now.