Opera for the Unknown Woman

Rehearsal Room 3, Wales Millennium Centre


Presented by Melanie Wilson and Fuel

Written and directed by Melanie Wilson
Co-composed by Melanie Wilson and Katarina Glowicka


300 years from now. World economies have failed. The human vestiges of earth are scattered and defenseless, pursued by flood and famine. Aphra, the last hope for life, has two weeks to live.

In 2016, a group of women from around the world are drawn together by an unearthly power, to forge a future for their planet. Can their mission alter Earth’s course and save Aphra?

Written, directed and co-composed by award-winning sound artist, Melanie Wilson, with critically acclaimed Polish composer Katarina Glowicka, Opera for the Unknown Woman is a bold re-imagining of the operatic form, weaving together theatre, contemporary classical music, electronics and film. The talented ensemble included Patricia Rozario OBE and Adey Grummet (Jerry Springer the OperaMr Burns).

This science fiction, multi-media opera channeled a performance of vivid imagination and passionate politics into an exhilarating call to action.

Produced by Fuel

Commissioned by Wales Millennium Centre for Festival of Voice and Yorkshire Festival in association with Warwick Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England & Wales. Supported by the Fidelio Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation. Development commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and funded by Arts Council England & PRSF for Music Foundation. Developed in association with Opera North Projects.


This project is supported by Colwinston Charitable Trust


Colwinston Charity Trust