A new large-scale community opera will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.
The newly commissioned work, titled Agreed, will be the fifth opera by British composer and conductor Howard Moody, with a libretto written by Anna Moody.
Agreed draws inspiration from ancient Maori myths and contemporary political borderlines to tell a story of love and divided lands. Torn by violence and unrest, conscience rises and the people and their leader are forced to accountability. The multi-genre score includes elements of classical, world and jazz music.
The production will be directed by Simon Iorio, who previously collaborated with Moody on another community opera project, PUSH, commissioned by Battle Festival for the ROOT 1066 International Festival.
Since 1990 Glyndebourne has regularly commissioned large-scale operas for the community and young people to perform in. These projects also provide valuable opportunities for artists to create new, full-length operas. Composers who have been commissioned by Glyndebourne for these projects include David Bruce, Orlando Gough and Jonathan Dove.
An intergenerational chorus of performers, including members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, is being recruited to perform in the piece, alongside five professional singers. Among the professional singers will be British mezzo-soprano Louise Winter, who has appeared in many Glyndebourne productions during her career.
Young instrumentalists will be recruited to play in the pit alongside members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the orchestra for this project.
Agreed will be performed at Glyndebourne on 1, 2 and 3 March 2019.