Melanie Wilson & Fuel Present, Opera of an Unknown Woman

This Spring we are embarking on one of our biggest creative projects to date and a new phase in Melanie’s career, Opera for the Unknown Woman. This ground-breaking work will champion a new female voice for opera, exploring leading female figures whose pioneering work has been omitted from history. Following an early stage of R&D, Melanie has brought together an all-female chorus, co-composer Kasia Glowicka and filmmaker Will Duke to build the foundations of the final piece.     

We invite you to join a salon to gain insight into this special creative process, contribute to the conversation that will directly feed into the production and meet new people over a free drink. Each salon will consider a different theme from climate change, contemporary opera and digital art to the fight for gender equality. We will hear from members of the creative team, scientists, academics, and you, as we explore how this science fiction, multi-media opera will create a call to action.

We hope you can join us at these free events.

9 MARCH | 6.30-8PM | FREE
Wales Millennium Centre

Melanie Wilson will be joined by
Dr Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University, 
in a conversation chaired by 
Fuel Co-director, Louise Blackwell

To book a place, please email


Melanie Wilson

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 includes Patricia Rozario OBE and Adey Grummet (Jerry Springer the OperaMr Burns).

Wales Millennium Centre, CARDIFF: 8 – 12 JUNE

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.

Image: Manuel Vason and
Stem Design

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