Next month sees the world premiere of a new opera, The Arsonists, described as a tragi-comedy. This is believed to be the first-ever opera written specially to be sung in a Yorkshire accent. The Barnsley poet Ian MacMillan has written the libretto. In Yorkshire they say bath and grass with a short a (not the southern English 'barth' and 'grarse') and the y at the end of words, for example happy, activity, is a much shorter sound than in Received Pronunciation. One of the singers in the company commented that it is hard to stretch the vowel sound in the word 'love', a frequent feature in songs, when singing using a Yorkshire accent. The BBC Radio 4 Today programme had a short piece on its programme the other day. Listen to it here. The clip ends with a rendition of Verdi's La Donna è Mobile translated into the Yorkshire dialect by Ian MacMillan (Yorkshire subtitles can be seen on this clip).