Garsington Opera's new commission brings together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire with a vision of hope in the future
The multi-media, staged opera production incorporating film and inspired by a global poetry project, features a choir of 650 primary school children from Buckinghamshire, a stage company of 90 primary school children from three Bucks schools, soloists Claire Wild and Kieran Rayner, and a 25-piece orchestra from Buckinghamshire Music Trust.
Poems and themes about difficult lives initiated and explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries, have been interwoven into a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life. Composer Hannah Conway has combined this libretto with ideas from the workshops and a shared vision of hope and a belief in the future has emerged. Karen Gillingham, creative director of Garsington Opera Learning & Participation, directs.
Dare to Dream, by Hannah Conway (composer), and Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence (librettists), commissioned by Garsington Opera in partnership with Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT) and Rosetta Life, premiers at the Royal Albert Hall, London on March 18. It is the second half of Echoes 8, a biennial singing event produced by BMT.