Re:Sound – Voices of Our Cities

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Sun 26 Mar 2023, 7.30pm
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StreetWise Opera Company
BBC Concert Orchestra

Discover stories of the city at a world premiere of nine micro-operas from Streetwise Opera, The Sixteen and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Re:Sound is made up of nine micro-operas that explore London, Nottingham and Manchester from the point of view of people who have experienced homelessness.

At workshops run by Streetwise Opera, participants come up with ideas, storylines and lyrics that peer beneath the surface of the city. They collaborate with composers, choreographers and digital animators to spin these inspirations into bold new musical works.

Members of Streetwise Opera are joined on stage by singers from renowned choral ensemble The Sixteen and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The evening opens with Leonard Bernstein’s boisterous ode to Times Square, from his musical On the Town, which follows three sailors on a brief leave in New York. The musical’s familiar New York theme crops up in this symphonic panorama.

Aaron Copland's 'Night Thoughts' comes from Music for a Great City, a symphonic suite based on his score for the 1961 neo noir thriller Something Wild.

Winding its way through the first half of the concert is Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River, a profound meditation on the history of the slave trade linking the movement of water with the human instinct to be free.

Streetwise Opera is an opera company that empowers people recovering from homelessness to share their creativity and talent with audiences.

Re:Sound amplifies the voices of people who have been homeless as it explores how our cities can become spaces of tolerance, dialogue and inclusion.

Performers
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Keith Lockhart conductor
  • Members of The Sixteen
  • Streetwise Opera
Repertoire
  • Bernstein: Times Square 1944 from 3 Dance episodes from On the Town
  • Copland: Night Thoughts from Music for a Great City *
  • Errollyn Wallen: Mighty River
  • Interval
  • Re:sound: 9 short operas by: Electra Perivolaris, Ben See, kemal, Alison Willis, Tim Lole, Elizabeth Kelly, Nicholas Lewis, Emily Levy & Michael Betteridge

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

* Please note change to repertoire from originally advertised.

Dates & times

Sun 26 Mar 2023, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 45 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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  • Concessions25%**


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