DALIA - A People's Opera 2022

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

Performances
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

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 25 June 2022.

Aisha
Merit Ariane
Maya
Nadine Benjamin
Harry
Jonathan Lemalu
Fred
Ed Lyon
Roger
Andrew Watts
Conductor
Douglas Boyd
Director
Karen Gillingham
Designer
Rhiannon Newman Brown
Lighting Designer
Ben Pickersgill
Composer
Roxanna Panufnik
Librettist
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.

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