Dare to Dream brings together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire to create a newly commissioned children’s opera, to be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18 March 2019 at 7pm.
A massed choir of 650 children and a stage company of 90 children, all from Buckinghamshire primary schools, will join soloists Claire Wild (soprano) and Kieran Rayner (baritone) and a 25-piece orchestra from Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT) to perform Dare to Dream.
Poems and themes explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries, have been interwoven into a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life. Composer Hannah Conway has created a score for the opera, working with film-maker Claudia Lee and designer Rhiannon Newman-Brown, to create a multi-media staged opera production with filmed content bringing young poets from Syria, Uganda and Bangladesh to the stage. Directed by Garsington Opera’s Karen Gillingham, Dare to Dream is a partnership between BMT, Garsington Opera and Rosetta Life.
These children across the globe have explored some challenging conversations about difficult lives and have developed a shared vision of hope through friendship and a belief in their collective future. Dare to Dream forms the second half of Echoes 8, a biennial singing event produced by BMT, with a song cycle performed by another 850 Buckinghamshire primary singers in the first half.