In this podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Edwina Casey, the director of a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber opera The Lighthouse, which screens in cinemas for one night only on 16th November and then goes on tour nationwide with live performances in venues from Saturday, 20th November.
Presented by Irish National Opera, conducted by Nil Venditti and starring Brenton Ryan, Ben McAteer and John Molloy, The Lighthouse is based on an actual event in December 1900, when a visiting supply ship to a Scottish lighthouse finds the building in order but the keepers vanished without a trace.
The three singers who play multiple roles, explore the psychological state of the fractious men, relive an official investigation and project a supernatural explanation. The composer, who based the structure of the opera on the Tower of the Tarot, leaves no simple answers.
The Lighthouse screens in cinemas on Tuesday 16th November 2021.