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What lies beneath?

A photo from a technical rehearsal showing a mysterious covered painting...

After some brilliant rehearsals the world premiere of Madame X in Todmorden is not far away! In fact, Tim Benjamin's new opera has been featured in Sinfini Music's classical music highlights this week

In the past week, Tim has spoken on BCB Radio about the story behind Madame X in the midst of rehearsals with the cast, and you can listen to him again here

As Tim explains in The Lancashire Telegraph, it is quite possible that MADAME X is the second opera ever to have been performed in Todmorden - the first being his own acclaimed opera, Emily (2013), based on Emily Davidson's fatal act of protest as a suffragette. In the interview, Tim explains the benefits of writing in the Calder Valley rather than in London, and the sense of enthusiasm for the arts that exists here.

Tickets to the world premiere on Thursday 21st August can be purchased here, and performances in Halifax, London and Manchester are not far away, either . you can find out details for all venues and tickets here on the website!

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Just released: the trailer for Madame X

Tickets now on sale

Tickets for Madame X are now on sale at all tour venues