First opera by Guyanese-British composer Hannah Kendall


A  post by Peter Jordens.

Opera: The Knife of Dawn

Composer: Hannah Kendall

October 6, 2016, 8pm

Roundhouse Sackler Space, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH


A new one-man chamber opera by Hannah Kendall, The Knife of Dawn explores the life and mind of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter as he boldly fights for his country’s independence. As one of the UK’s leading young composers, Kendall writes music of great beauty and intricacy. In this, her operatic debut, she takes inspiration from one of the Caribbean’s most influential writers, setting Carter’s own lyrical and evocative poems, drawn together into a moving new libretto by Tessa McWatt. Set in 1953 during Carter’s imprisonment, The Knife of Dawn vividly reveals the personal struggles of a courageous artist, exploring cultural, political and social issues still very relevant today. The Knife of Dawnforms part of Roundhouse’s celebration of Black History Month.

For the original announcement, go to For more information, visit

Of related interest: March 2015 interview with Hannah Kendall by PRSF,

Tke Knife of Dawn poster: by Amy Barton

Hannah Kendall photo: from her website

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