Fifty-seven members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO) will perform in the world premiere of a new science fiction opera on the main stage at Glyndebourne this November.
The young people, aged between ten and nineteen, will perform alongside two professional singers in Tycho’s Dream , a new commission created especially for GYO and composed by Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence, Luke Styles. As well as performing the opera, GYO members were part of its creation and took part in a dedicated development week earlier this year at which they worked alongside the creative team to explore ideas about the future.
Composer Luke Styles said:“The ideas and world of Tycho’s Dream were discovered in a week of improvisation and experimentation with Glyndebourne Youth Opera exploring the ideas of science fiction. These ideas were then combined with concepts we devised to create a world of fantasy, the future and surprises.”
Spanning 1,500 years and 238,900 miles, Tycho’s Dream begins with the discovery of a new star which is set to change the perception of the heavens forever, before transporting the audience from astronomer Tycho Brahe’s 16th century Denmark to an imagined future world where the innocent hands of children are used to mine moon rocks in search of the first word ever spoken on Earth.
Lucy Lowe, Head of Education at Glyndebourne, said:“This project is another example of the way in which Glyndebourne seeks to support and nurture new talent. In this case, we’re giving the gifted young singers of Glyndebourne Youth Opera a chance to develop their performance skills at the same time as providing a showcase for the talents of our Young Composer in Residence, Luke Styles. The other part of this project which makes it particularly exciting is that the performers were able to contribute to the creation of the piece. The fantastical, sci-fi storyline they have helped to devise is something new for Glyndebourne and will make for an entertaining, thought-provoking evening.”
Glyndebourne Youth Opera offers young people aged 9 -19 living within 25 miles of Glyndebourne the chance to learn about opera through a year round programme of workshops and performance projects. Working alongside professional artists, participants are given training in singing, acting and movement and learn about what it takes to stage an opera.
Performing alongside GYO in Tycho’s Dream are two professional singers. Baritone Adam Green plays the astronomer Tycho Brahe and soprano Donna Lennard performs the role of Selene, a“shadowy authority figure“who sends children to the moon.