Northern Heartlands with Opera North
This year we have already supported a series of Opera North workshops in County Durham with Northern Heartlands to begin a large scale #peoplesopera for production in May 2020. Participants are sharing their voices, stories, heritage and skills to create this unique opera. The creative team includes Durham born composer Will Todd; his anthem The Call of Wisdom was performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee and his arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day. Poet, Tony Walsh, achieved worldwide recognition with ‘This is the place’ following the Manchester Arena attack. Also known as the People’s Poet, Tony will write the full libretto and it will be directed by internationally acclaimed opera director, Caroline Clegg. We will support this process throughout and to build legacy that continues this journey.