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

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.

If you are interested in taking part as a performer (age 9 upwards) or being part of the backstage team (age 16-25) please click below. Children need to be aged 9 by 1st July 2022.

Douglas Boyd
Karen Gillingham
Roxanna Panufnik
Jessica Duchen
Refugee & Activist
Gulwali Passarlay
Community Liaison
Manas Ghanem
Philharmonia Orchestra
Garsington Opera Youth & Adult Companies

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 Jill Battson.