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Author Ian McEwan and composer Michael Berkeley discuss their artistic collaboration on the opera For You and reveal plans for a forthcoming opera based on Atonement. This event also coincides with the publication date of Solar, Ian McEwan’s latest novel which he will be signing post-show.

For You, is a tale of sexual obsession exploring a complicated relationship between a mature, boasting artist, his youthful self and a deluded, murderous woman. McEwan, who has often movingly evoked music in his fiction, and Berkeley, presenter of Private Passions on BBC Radio 3, discuss the interweaving of text with musical composition. They explore the distinctive means each strand brings to the narrative, as well as the particular power of opera in conjoining the different media.

The evening is accompanied by taped excerpts from For You, and is chaired by broadcaster and writer Dennis Marks, former General Director of English National Opera.

First posted: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010.

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