Who Am I?
This new work was was performed by Glyndebourne's Youth Opera 3 and 4 at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London, in August 2009 following performances at Glyndebourne earlier in the year.
Who Am I? was an exciting collaboration between director Karen Gillingham, composer Hannah Conway, cellist/singer Matthew Sharp and the young singers from Glyndebourne. The company also had the special opportunity to work with choreographer Natasha Khamjani and designer Bernadette Roberts.
The piece was inspired by Dvorak's opera, Rusalka but the music was composed entirely by the young performers. Lyrics and narrative were devised from the participants' own experiences and dramatic improvisations.
On The Rim of the World
In March 2009 Glyndebourne Youth Opera 1 and 2 premiered a brand new choral theatre work for young singers.
On the Rim of The World was inspired by the themes of night and bedtime, home and family life, sleep and dreams.
It deals with the transition from childhood to adulthood and portrays the adult world viewed through childrens eyes.
The piece featured adults' as well as childrens voices including music the young people have composed themselves.
The performance featured 70 children aged 8-13 from the Glyndebourne Youth Opera 1 and 2 with their parents and carers and with players from the Brighton Youth Orchestra.
The work was composed by Orlando Gough with lyrics by Jehane Markham and was a collaborative commission between eight British opera companies.