I’ve never had a CD release before, let alone a simultaneous CD and DVD release. Both discs are in the same case, so you don’t have to choose. You can have them both.
When The Flame Dies is an opera inspired by the life and work of the French poet, playwright, artist, filmmaker and opium addict, Jean Cocteau. We actually took the decision to make the poet in our story an unnamed artist, to give us greater freedom in telling the story, and also to emphasise the universal aspects of the story. It’s about the choices a creative artist has to make and draws on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which was a major preoccupation of Cocteau’s.
I wrote the libretto for it. The music was composed by Ed Hughes and performed by the amazing New Music Players, conducted by Carlos Del Cueto. Ed has some video extracts from the DVD on his website so feel free to take a look.