Get involved: Dalia

Performers on stage

Want to try something new, sing as a collective and be creative? 

Then this is for you! The opera premieres on stage at Garsington Opera in July 2022 and we’d love you to be involved.

Applications to perform have now closed, but if you are interested in getting involved with the Youth Company Backstage Team (ages 16-25), please see below.

Love art, design, lighting or stage management?

Are you aged 16-25 and interested in being part of the backstage team? There are various opportunities available including working alongside the designer, lighting desinger and stage manager. If you are interested in being backstage, find out more about the opportunities available this summer. Applications close on Monday 15 May 2022.

About the opera

Dalia is a new opera, co-created and performed by 180 community & professional participants, about a refugee Syrian girl who triumphs over adversity to follow her dream: a story which champions diversity through music to highlight what makes us all human.

By composer Roxanna Panufnik, librettist Jessica Duchen and director Karen Gillingham, has been commissioned by Garsington Opera to engage local participants of all ages from diverse backgrounds, with professional and emerging artists for new audiences in a creative community opera.

The opera, premiering in summer 2022, is an original story, developed in close consultation with refugee organisations, sports charities and practitioners. The central character, Dalia – a young girl of 12, arrives in Britain as a refugee from Syria having lost her family in traumatic circumstances. Fostered by a local family, she discovers a passion for cricket. She follows her dream but must contend, however, with racism from the community, battle her demons and make an impossible decision.