A lecturer at both St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, Tim Watts divides his time between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, often pleasurably losing track of which is which. A case in point, his recent opera, Kepler’s Trial, explores the collision of science, religion and magic in the witchcraft trial of the mother of the astronomer, Johannes Kepler. Its 2017 production as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s opera exhibition was hailed as ‘musically and dramatically compelling’ (seenandheard-international.com): the ‘wonderfully limpid’ orchestration weaves in parts for sackbuts and cornetts and ‘nods to Kepler’s age without getting bogged down in pastiche’ (Opera Magazine).
Tim’s new composition for acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies and Britten Sinfonia sets an extraordinary seventeenth-century imagining of how humans might one day travel to the moon – and what they might find there…
Britten Sinfonia will premiere Tim’s new work A world in the Moone in At Lunch Three in June 2020, at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, Wigmore Hall, London and St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.
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