Announcing Imago in conjunction with Scottish Opera

An education workshop. Photo: David Illman

Following the success of Knight Crew in 2010, we have now commissioned Orlando Gough (composer), Stephen Plaice (librettist) and Susannah Waters (director) to devise and create our next large-scale community opera, Imago, an opera which explores ageing in a digital world. Imago will have its world premiere at Glyndebourne in March 2013, and will include up to 70 people aged 9-90 from our local community.

Orlando’s previous community opera, On the Rim of the World, received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in 2009, whilst Stephen has written the libretto for a number of our previous projects, including Misper, Zoe and School4Lovers. Susannah founded the production company The Paddock in Lewes and has worked at Glyndebourne as a singer, performing the roles of Cherubino in the 1997 Festival production of The Marriage of Figaro and Papagena in the 1990 production of Die Zauberflöte.

Imago is being commissioned by Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera and the commission has been made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Colwinston Trust.

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