Tuesday 8 June 2021

All opera is community opera: Lewisham Urban Opera launches its crowdfunding

Music and Theatre for All: Urban Opera

When I chatted to director Thomas Guthrie last year [see my interview], one of the things that he talked about was Music and Theatre for All (MFTA) and its Urban Opera project and now the crowdfunding has launched from Lewisham Urban Opera. 

MFTA's Urban Opera project builds on the Royal Opera House’s iconic Write an Opera programme (1979-2015). The idea is that participants collaborate in every aspect of creating a community opera: composing music and scripts, designing sets, performing, managing and advertising every element. This process gives vulnerable communities a voice, builds confidence, strengthens communities, develops transferable skills and reduces isolation – needed now more than ever – in a big shout of ‘WE ARE HERE!’.

Lewisham Urban Opera will be led by a team of professional creatives, including Gwyneth Herbert as lyricist and composer, so that communities across Lewisham will come together to develop a spectacular show to celebrate the hope of a worldwide post-Covid resurgence during their 2022 Borough of Culture year.

Further information from MFTA's website, and do support them at CrowdFunder.

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