Suffolk school children perform in new Aldeburgh opera
PUBLISHED: 12:40 19 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:41 19 November 2019
Suffolk’s Jubilee Opera premières a newly commissioned opera for children this weekend based on a real life Anglo Saxon mystery
Suffolk's leading opera company for young people, now in its 31st year , will perform two new works by leading composer Russell Hepplewhite on November 22 and 23.
The Casket Girl, with a libretto written by Helen Eastman, is a new opera inspired by a real event which took place on the bank of the River Alde in Suffolk in 2013. The remains of a casket of personal treasures were discovered in the Anglo-Saxon grave of a young woman at a location called Barber's Point. Russell Hepplewhite's score takes the audience from a modern day archaeological dig to the ancient world of a mysterious maiden, unlocking the secrets of her life and death.
The opera, conducted by Jack Ridley and directed by Susan Moore, with soprano Sofia Troncoso and baritone Matthew Kellett, stars a cast of over 30 children from Suffolk. Preceding The Casket Girl is a new song cycle, The History Express, by Russell Hepplewhite also with texts by Helen Eastman featuring over 50 children from local primary schools.
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Jubilee Opera was set up specifically to continue Benjamin Britten's legacy, as a children's opera company giving young people the opportunity to work alongside professional opera singers and musicians. Led by artistic director Jenni Wake-Walker, new works have been performed over the years but this first major commission brings together a new creative team.
Performances are at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Suffolk on Friday November 22 at 3pm (schools' matinée) and 6pm (public performance) and Saturday November 23 at 3pm and 6pm.
Tickets are on sale at https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/jubilee-opera-the-casket-girl/
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