Taking opera to the masses with pop-up performances in Coventry this weekend - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Taking opera to the masses with pop-up performances in Coventry this weekend

THERE will be pop-up performances of Opera across Coventry tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, February 20.

Ahead of HER DAY at Coventry’s HMV Empire from March 8 to 12, the talented performers will be in the city centre to treat passers-by to a flavour of what they can expect.

Tomorrow, locations will include the Cosy Club (1pm), Shelton Square (2pm) and the Yard (3pm).

On Sunday the singers will be on the Foleshill Rad at 12pm and Cannon Park at 3pm.

People are invited to stop for a few minutes to listen to music from well known operas as well as a sneak preview of music from HER DAY.

It will be Performed by professional opera singers Nina Bennet, Kelly Glyptis and Claire Wild, accompanied by Musical Director for HER DAY, Berrack Dyer who has worked with prestigious organisations including the Royal Opera House.

Other HER DAY members will also be on hand to explain more about the production and accompanying project aimed at making opera more accessible to all.

Sayan Kent, Composer of HER DAY said: “It is very exciting to bring opera to the streets of Coventry.

“We truly believe that opera is for everyone, so it is important for us to perform in untraditional places.

“The whole team can’t wait for the premiere of HER DAY at the HMV Empire from March 8 and it is fabulous to be able to give a taster of what is to come.”

Written by Sayan Kent (composer/music) and Vanessa Oakes (librettist/words), HER DAY puts a spotlight on the lives of ordinary Coventry women engaged in everyday acts of peaceful protest.

Four distinct stories shared at a weekly friendship group give a moving and at times very funny insight into women’s daily lives and their common need for connection.

The opera will be directed by Lucy Bradley (Royal Opera House, OperaUpClose, Glyndebourne) with music director Berrak Dyer (Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park, The Opera Story) and includes a community chorus led by Mariana Rosas (Colla Voce Chamber Choir and Birmingham City Council Choir).

The cast includes Nina Bennett, Kelly Glyptis, Grace Nyandoro and Claire Wild with stage design by Nancy Surman and lighting design by David Muir.

The first performance on March 8 coincides with International Women’s Day.

There will be a relaxed performance on March 9, captioning using the Difference Engine on March 10 and British Sign Language will be used as part of the March 12 show.

Visit herdayopera.eventbrite.co.uk for times, tickets and more information.

 

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