Garsington Opera’s Youth Company
Suzi is vocal director of Garsington Opera’s Youth Company where she works closely with Karen Gillingham, artistic director. We are delighted to be co-commissioning, with Opera North, a new opera. Originally due to be performed in July 2020, performances will now take place Summer 2021 due to the Covid19 pandemic. In the meantime, a digital project based on the piece will take place this summer.
Based on Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, the work will be written by John Barber (composer) and Jessica Duchen (librettist). Alongside two professional soloists, solo roles will also be given to members of the Youth Company.
About the Youth Company
Garsington Opera’s Youth Company provides local young people aged 9-21 with the opportunity to develop their singing, creative skills, confidence and stage experience through the exciting world of opera. The Youth Company is divided into two groups: Junior Youth Company (ages 9-13) and Senior Youth Company (ages 13-21).
During annual Easter and summer residencies, young singers learn from world-class stage and music directors, leading up to a performance on the main stage for an invited audience at Wormsley.
In 2017 the Youth Company took part in the hugely successful world premiere of Silver Birch, performing three sold-out nights at Wormsley alongside international opera stars and the Foley Sound Design team from Pinewood Studios. Silver Birch was subsequently nominated for the International Opera Awards. In 2018 the Youth Company performed a new production of Eliza and the Swans, an opera by John Barber (composer) and Hazel Gould (librettist), on the main stage at Wormsley. In 2019 we were delighted to commission a brand new opera, The Happy Princess, written especially for our Youth Company by Paul Fincham (composer) and Jessica Duchen (librettist), based on Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.
Participation for successful applicants is free of charge.