Out of the Shadows

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Her Day: A new opera presented by a female-led Coventry-based team that shines a spotlight on the lives of ordinary local women

Her Day is a new opera that is being presented by a female-led Coventry-based team at HMV Empire, Coventry from 8 to 12 March 2022.

Her Day
 is a new opera that is being presented by a female-led Coventry-based team at HMV Empire, Coventry from 8 to 12 March 2022. With music by playwright and composer Sayan Kent and words by playwright Vanessa Oakes, the new work is being directed by Lucy Bradley, designed by Nancy Surman and with Berrak Dyer as music director. The cast includes Nina Bennett, Kelly Glyptis, Grace Nyandoro and Claire Wild, with a community chorus of local female singers performing alongside the professional singers and instrumentalists. There is also an accompanying programme of activities exploring opera, including an Opera Buddies Friendship Group.

Her Day is intended to shine a spotlight on the lives of ordinary local women engaged in everyday acts of peaceful protest, and looks at four Coventry women, four different stories but with a common need for connection, all set against the background of a women's friendship group, and the work was developed in collaboration with women's groups around Coventry.

Kent and Oakes are members of the Royal Opera House’s Engender initiative, designed to change the gender imbalance in opera and music theatre, and are mentored by Richard Willacy and Hannah Griffiths at Birmingham Opera Company.

Further details and tickets from EventBrite.

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