Max Bronstein | English Touring Opera
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English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera

I have worked with ETO on two education projects. They have given me vital experience which I have taken forward for work with Constella OperaBallet as their Director for Learning and Participation:

  • 800 Miles as the Albatross Flies was a new piece to be premiered on Wed 25 November 2015 at the Music for Youth Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. ETO worked with over 400 students from the Oval Learning Cluster in Lambeth. The 400 young people who took part in 800 Miles as the Albatross Flies took a direct role in the creative process, which culminated in the performance. The story of the new piece had children from Lambeth signing up for an extreme Outward Bound adventure, in which they found themselves sailing in a replica of the tiny James Caird lifeboat from Elephant Island in Antarctica to South Georgia, precisely 100 years after the first heroic voyage. Unfortunately they were expecting the adventure to be in the warm climate of another South Georgia – in the southern states of America.

  • Edenbridge was a new opera written in partnership with Reay School in Lambeth. 60 children from Reay were joined by pupils from Oasis and Vauxhall Schools. Adults from Lambeth also joined the project, and performed alongside the children for two performances at Lambeth Town Hall (the Assembly Hall) on Friday 13 June 2014. To match the intergenerational nature of the project, the theme of the opera was the evacuation of children from Lambeth to the countryside in the Second World War. From Waterloo Station the train took us to an unknown destination, which turned out to be Edenbridge in Kent. There the children were housed by Lady Alice, the owner of Hever Castle, once the home of Anne Boleyn. The castle was of course haunted, but there were other surprises, not least the strange and frosty servants, a talking goose, and the true nature of Lady Alice herself.

Date

November 25, 2015

Category

Work