One reason I was attracted to the TRACTION project was the feeling of exploring new territory. I really don’t know much about opera. I’ve not been in an opera house more than a handful of times, and then usually in connection with my work. On the other hand, my memories of those moments – The Queen of Spades in St Petersburg, Facing Goya in Valencia – are extraordinarily vivid, despite the passing years. I’ve seen some equally memorable community work, like Streetwise Opera, whom I first saw perform Mahler in Nottingham Council House. But this field is so new to me that I don’t even know what I don’t know. So I’m turning for help to those who do know about community opera.
- Who’s making community opera?
- What are the standout productions you remember?
- What websites or books should I know about?
- What approaches have been tried?
If you have answers to any of these questions (or to better questions I haven’t thought to ask) do let me know. You can comment below or email me though the contact page. Please don’t hesitate – I’m interested in anything and everything. Only then will I be able to work out what I think and how best to support the teams leading on the productions we’re planning. And I’ll write about what I discover here, as the project develops.
The photo is from a production of Don Giovanni by SAMP, a TRACTION partners, that I saw in Leiria Prison: another unforgettable experience.