Paper Boat Postponed

Friday, 13 November, 2020
Paper Boat Blank

Music for Galway, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Irish National Opera announce the postponement of the community opera Paper Boat.

The opera Paper Boat, part of SoundScapes, Music for Galway’s classical music programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, was scheduled to be presented as a live stream on December 12th. However, the decision has been made to stage the opera at a later date when conditions permit and the necessary rehearsals can take place.

First community rehearsals started in the early part of the year; initially planned to be staged in June, the opera was postponed to December. Due to the ongoing pandemic, rehearsals were unable to resume.

A site specific work, it has been commissioned from librettist Jessica Traynor and composer Elaine Agnew to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. Both writer and composer had the remit to create a work that would be performed by a small core of professional performers enhanced by a very large group of amateur singers and instrument ensembles, as well as children’s choir and children’s string ensemble.

Mark Duley, who created the concept based on Benjamin Britten’s community operas, says: “The soul of this work lies in the collaboration between professionals and amateurs and children. In such a mix everyone profits from one another. It is a great experience for the non-professionals as they see close up how they work, but equally the enthusiasm and energy that amateurs and children bring with them is electrifying for the professionals. Elaine and Jessica wrote the whole piece with this in mind. We are disappointed to have to postpone for a second time, but are excited at the prospect of bringing this to life at a later date in the way in which it is meant to be experienced by performers and audiences alike.”

For further information contact Mary Folan:

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