The centenary of composer George Lloyd is being celebrated with a revival of his first opera, Iernin.
Surrey Opera's imaginative production breathes new life into this enchanting tale, which draws its inspiration from Cornish legend.
The folk tale centres around a stone circle in Cornwall known as the Nine Maidens. Legend has it that a group of young women were turned to stone as a punishment for dancing on a Sunday.
One of the stones comes back to life as Iernin, whose wild, natural beauty bewitches a local nobleman. His blossoming love affair with Iernin causes a scandal and threatens the future of Cornwall, as it struggles to retain its independence from the Saxons.
The composer started work on the opera at the age of just 19, with his father William providing the accompanying libretto. It was last performed at the London Lyceum in 1935.
Iernin is presented by Surrey Opera at Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon on 24, 25, 26 October.
Box Office: 020 8660 5760 Also at St John's Hall, Penzance, Cornwall, on 1 and 2 November.