Garsington Opera’s Youth Company
Suzi is vocal director of Garsington Opera’s Youth Company where she works closely with Karen Gillingham, artistic director. In 2017 the Youth Company took part in the hugely successful world premiere of Panufnik’s Silver Birch, performing three sold-out nights at Garsington Opera’s beautiful stage on the Wormsley Estate alongside international opera stars and the Foley Sound Design team from Pinewood Studios. The Youth Company is divided into two groups: Junior Youth Company – YC1 (ages 9-13) and Senior Youth Company – YC2 (ages 13-21).
2019 brought a brand new opera commission, The Happy Princess, written especially for our Youth Company. Based on The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, the music was composed by Paul Fincham with a libretto by Jessica Duchen (Silver Birch, 2017).
In summer 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 stage at Wormsley.