DALIA - A People's Opera 2022

"How beautiful and strong we are when we value and celebrate our humanity."
Manas Ghanem, Community Liaison

28, 30, 31 July 2022
Start time: Thursday & Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 3pm (matinee)

A new "People's Opera", co-created and performed by 180 amateur & 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.

Dalia, a new opera 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.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Adrianna Forbes-Dorant
Merit Ariane
Nadine Benjamin
Jonathan Lemalu
Ed Lyon
Andrew Watts
Douglas Boyd
Karen Gillingham
Rhiannon Newman Brown
Lighting Designer
Ben Pickersgill
Natasha Khamjani
Roxanna Panufnik
Jessica Duchen
Refugee & Activist
Gulwali Passarlay
Community Liaison
Manas Ghanem
Philharmonia Orchestra
Garsington Opera Youth & Adult Companies
Millbrook Junior Company
Ibstone Infant Company
Amwaj Choir – Palestine
Al-Farah Choir – Syria

Dalia needs your help. Please consider making a donation to support this project.

For more information on philanthropic support of our community work, and how to get involved, please contact Holly Scrivener.

July 2022
Thursday 28 July
Saturday 30 July
Sunday 31 July
Start time: 
Thursday & Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 3pm (matinee)