London: Dare to Dream brought together children from Bangladesh, Syria, Uganda and Buckinghamshire to create an innovative newly commissioned children’s opera premiered at the Royal Albert hall on 18 March.
A massed choir of 650 primary school children from Buckinghamshire, a stage company of 90 primary school children from three Bucks schools, soloists Claire Wild and Kieran Rayner and a 25 piece orchestra from Buckingham Music Trust performed Dare to Dream. Poems and themes initiated and explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries were interwoven into libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life. Composer Hannah Conway took this libretto and ideas from the workshops to create score for the opera, working with film maker Claudia Lee and designer Rhiannon Newman-Brown creating a breathtaking multi-media, stage opera production incorporating film into design and composition.
The filmed content brought young poets from Bangladesh, Syria and Uganda to the stage and incorporated their images and voices into the production.
Inspired by Rosetta Life’s Dream a Difference global poetry project for children and directed by Garsington Opera’s Karen Gillingham, Dare to Dream was a partnership project between Buckinghamshire Music Trust, Garsington Opera and Rosetta Life, supported by American Friends of Garsington Opera.
Children from across globe were able to explore some challenging conversations about difficult lives and developed a shared vision of hope through friendship and a belief in their collective future.