A new patron, and an opportunity to see a preview of new people’s opera, Bloom Britannia

The development of Barefoot Opera’s new opera, Bloom Britannia, inspired by life on the south coast, is attracting interest far, wide and unexpected. 

In an operatic coup, Damon Albarn, lead singer of Britpop band Blur, as well as co-founder, lead vocalist, instrumentalist, and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz, has offered to act as Patron on the project. 

Jenny Miller, director of Barefoot Opera tells us, ‘Damon Albarn is an artist who challenges and changes boundaries – he has been at the forefront of change in mainstream pop music, and has created new definitions of ‘Opera’ as an art form.  He is a perfect match as patron of ‘Bloom Britannia.’

In a further innovative move, Barefoot Opera are giving audiences the opportunity to see a 30 minute extract of the opera mid-development. The performance will be followed by a Q&A, so that people can give their feedback. 

With the full opera planned for 2020, the preview will be performed in the main auditorium of the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday 28th April. Local people – from age 10 to 70! – will be singing alongside professional singers and musicians. 

With a team including renowned composer Orlando Gough, librettist Stephen Plaice and leading director Polly Graham, and with Barefoot Opera’s growing reputation for dynamic, exhilarating productions, we can expect the unexpected.

Why not go along, see how the project is progressing and tell them what you think? Advance tickets for the preview are available by donation from the De La Warr Pavilion website. 

• Sunday 28th April, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, East Sussex.

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