Opera North’s 2019/20 Season announced

A new opera is being created by Durham-born composer Will Todd (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Mass in Blue; The Call of Wisdom), with a libretto by Manchester-based poet Tony Walsh, who came to worldwide attention in May 2017 when he recited his poem ‘This is the Place’ at the vigil following the Manchester bombing.

The large-scale people’s opera, in partnership with Northern Heartlands, will premiere in County Durham in the Spring of 2020 and will involve communities from across south and west Durham to create an opera inspired by the county, its people, landscape and heritage. As yet untitled, the opera will receive four performances in May 2020 in the exhibition hall of Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

It will be directed by Caroline Clegg with designs by Madeleine Boyd and will feature the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North alongside soloists and community performers.

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