Hirda was composed by Gareth Williams, in collaboration with Chris Stout, a Shetland fiddler and composer, with a libretto written by Sian Evans, commissioned and produced by NOISE Opera, and directed by James Robert Carson.
The libretto was written in Shetlandic dialect, with help and support from members of the Shetland folk music and story-telling tradition. the opera was performed across the Shetland Isles in the community halls, before performances in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
26th November 2015 - Premiere - Mareel Arts Centre, Shetland
27th November 2015 - Haroldswick Hall, Shetland
28th November 2015 - Vidlin Hall, Shetland
29th November 2015 - Sandwick Hall, Shetland
3/4th December 2015 - Queens Hall, Edinburgh
7/8th December 2015 - Drygate, Glasgow