Rob Orledge's reconstruction of Debussy's one act opera based on Poe's The Devil in the Belfry with a libretto by me was performed in concert in Gottingen in December 2013. The recording is now scheduled for release by leading German record company Note 1 later this year.
"Knowing very little about the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, I was intrigued by Stephen Wyatt's drama - and what a beautifully crafted story it is. It's 1945 and the octogenarian Sibelius (played with great crotchety verve by Tim Pigott-Smith) is harangued about the delivery of the Eighth Symphony - Finland awaits his opus, he's told to help lift the country's collective spirit. That's not my problem, he protests. But the one person he can't bear to disappoint is his wife, Aino (the superb Barbara Flynn). It's a detailed exploration into the psyche of the Finlandia composer, embittered by his own creativity."
Fatima Hasan in Radio Times
FINLANDIA was also a pick of the day in the Independent on Sunday, The Guardian/ Observer and the Sunday Telegraph. Paul Donovan in the Sunday Times wrote: 'a new drama about Finland's greatest national composer, Sibelius, by Stephen Wyatt, the author of a fine radio play about Cardinal Newman some years ago.'
As part of BBC Radio 3's Northern Lights season, award-winning writer, Stephen Wyatt, has woven the psyche of Jean Sibelius, his music and a Finnish epic into a compelling drama.