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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Seven Brighton Residents To Perform In World Premiere Of New Opera @ Glyndebourne

Seven amateur singers from Brighton and Hove will perform on the main stage at the world famous Glyndebourne opera house next month.
Credit Sam Stephenson

The seven are part of the community chorus in the world premiere of a new opera about love, loss and divided lands called Agreed.

The community chorus is made up of seventy-five people from across Sussex ranging in age from 12 - 71. 

The younger participants are members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO) which provides local young people with performance opportunities and engaging opera workshops. A number of the adults in the chorus were members of GYO as teenagers.

Agreed is a new opera by British composer Howard Moody and has a multi-genre score that includes elements of classical, world and jazz music. 

Agreed chorus member Mark Enticknap, 34, from Brighton, said: 

"I met Howard Moody through the production PUSH. He inspired me so much that I wrote a screenplay of that opera and hope to see it made. 

"When I found out he was composing another opera on the main stage at Glyndebourne I jumped at the chance. 


"Howard's story is so powerful and relevant for today's audience. I can't wait to perform it and to see how the audience responds to it!"

Agreed is directed by Simon Iorio, who previously collaborated with Moody on another community opera project, PUSH, commissioned by Battle Festival for the ROOT 1066 International Festival.

Composer and conductor, Howard Moody, added: 

"Agreed is a story of division, but it will be a process that brings so many people together. 

"With an intergenerational cast and chorus, it is fantastic to hear and see the written score coming to life in all the many dimensions that an opera production offers."

The community chorus play an active, shaping role in the drama of the opera. 

Their music is woven together and led by five professional singers, and players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, one of the two resident orchestras for the Glyndebourne Festival.

Glyndebourne has a well-established reputation for delivering pioneering work with and for local people. 

Since 1990 Glyndebourne has regularly commissioned large-scale operas for the community and young people to perform in. 

Agreed is performed at Glyndebourne on 1, 2 and 3 March 2019. Booking at glyndebourne.com/agreed

by: Mike Cobley




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