The UK premiere of Philip Glass's haunting chamber opera opens this year's Grimeborn festival. Exposing the dreams and fantasies of a Japanese writer and an ageing warrior, the piece comprises two short operas: 'The Sound of a Voice' and'Hotel of Dreams'. It explores the psychological undercurrents of the rites of passage towards intimacy between people who have lived in seclusion. Glass collaborated with author and playwright David Henry Hwang to adapt the writer's original ghost story, inspired by Japanese folk stories, films and Noh theatre, for a chamber opera specifically intended for performance in a theatre, not an opera house.It is composed for soprano, baritone and a small music ensemble combining Asian and Western instruments. The young director is Andrea Ferran.