“We laughed, we cried, we sang along… everything you want from opera!”
“Inspiring, joyful and uplifting… You had me bawling with a phenomenal night of storytelling and singing!”
“Can homeless people rise to the level of professional artists and captivate an audience? YES! THEY! CAN! It was the most intense half hour show I’ve seen in a while. This lot don’t sing with their mouths, they sing with their hearts!!!”
Award-winning Streetwise Opera are back with their irreverent, beautifully bold and unique brand of opera, always ready to ask the difficult questions – with a huge smile on their faces.
Join them at Nexus Art Cafe in Methodist Central Hall for the launch of the Re:sound festival, an inspiring and uplifting operatic journey to rediscover our cities through the voices of people who have been homeless. The year-long festival will see a dozen world-class artists and over 200 participants in Streetwise workshops co-create a cycle of nine micro-operas that celebrate the spirit of Manchester, Nottingham and London.
The 25-minute launch event will include a preview performance of the first two new micro-operas to be written in Manchester, interviews with composers Emily Levy and Nicolas Lewis, and a behind-the-scenes look at the way these pieces were co-created by artists and participants in Streetwise Opera workshops, including clients from Women’s Direct Access Centre.
The first two micro-operas capture the bustling spirit of Manchester, following a variety of Mancunians as they interact with the wise and beloved Manchester Bee, and Aquabella, the spirit of the city.
This event is the first stop in an inspiring and exciting journey. The Re:sound calendar includes a second sharing in December, and a final performance in March 2023, with all nine micro-operas produced in Manchester, Nottingham and London.
Light refreshments will be served.