New opera THE SLEEPER opens in Cardiff on July 15th. Libretto by Michael. Music by composer Stephen Deazley. Commissioned by Welsh National Youth Opera, the piece is set in a near-future Britain in which – several decades before – human beings lost the gift of sleep. Now, no-one can sleep, and we live in a 24-hour society on a knife-edge of anxiety and unrest. Into this world comes a teenage girl who has the gift. She is THE SLEEPER, and the authorities, terrified of sedition, are in pursuit of her. Protected by her friends, she goes on the run…

The opera is being staged as a site-specific production in Cardiff’s docklands.