New Mini Opera Honors Legacy of Olympic Athlete

The Purcell Room at London's Southbank Centre is the scene for the world premiere of Conor Mitchell's mini opera "Our Day" July 13, 2012.(Photo: Paul Simpson (Flickr))
The Purcell Room at London's Southbank Centre is the scene for the world premiere of Conor Mitchell's mini opera "Our Day" July 13, 2012.(Photo: Paul Simpson (Flickr))

The decades of unrest in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles and a Northern Irish woman’s Olympic win are the subjects of a new mini opera, according to The Independent.

Irish composer Conor Mitchell’s Our Day, a 12-minute opera that explores the after-effects of Northern Irish pentathlete Mary Peters’ gold medal win at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, will be premiered in July by Northern Ireland Opera at London’s Southbank Centre as part of New Music 20×12. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Peters’ Olympic win.

Stressing Peters’ importance in Northern Irish history, Mitchell told the Independent that Peters’ Olympic win put a halt to the violence in Northern Ireland, if only temporarily:

That year all hell broke loose and then there was this day when someone from Northern Ireland won a medal and for one day it all just stopped.

Read more: Mary Peters’ Olympic Glory Remembered in Mini Opera (Independent)

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