The Lighthouse - English Touring Opera - Linbury Studio, 11 October 2012
In 1900, an overdue supply ship pulled in at a remote lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides to discover that all three of its keepers had disappeared without trace. Their fate was never established. This real-life mystery is the source for Peter Maxwell-Davies's widely-performed 1980 chamber opera, The Lighthouse. Living at the time in a distant Orkney cottage without electricity or running water, Maxwell-Davies had no trouble imagining what the months of isolation might have done to the keepers' minds. Inspiration came swiftly; he wrote the libretto in two weeks, taking just another two for the 75 minutes of leanly-arranged music.