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A TRIP TO THE MOON

Andrew Norman

A community opera

Event details

30 July – 31 July 2024

Georges Méliès’ seminal 1902 silent film is the inspiration for this year’s Community Opera. Garsington Opera is proud to open our stage to the inter-generational voices of our communities, working shoulder-to-shoulder with professional singers and creative teams.

Do you speak Moonish? Neither do the astronomers who have managed to crash-land their rocket on the moon in this fantastical opera for all ages by Andrew Norman. Linguistic barriers must be broken down so that Earth people can communicate with Moon people, who have their own lyrical lunar language. The Moon woman Eoa is fascinated by the Earth that she can only see from a distance, but she and her people are facing an unknown force that endangers their society. Eventually they all learn to rise above their mutual mistrust and come together to overcome the mysterious threat.

Douglas Boyd conducts and Creative Director of Learning & Participation, Karen Gillingham, directs this whirling, family-friendly space opera. The cast are comprised of Garsington Opera’s Youth and Adult companies, children from two local primary schools, and world-class professionals.

Sung in English and Moonish with supertitles

Booking Information

Public booking is now open – get your tickets today.

Matinee First Bell: 2.15pm
Evening First Bell: 6.45pm

Duration: 65 minutes (no interval)

Tent reservations and catering are unavailable for our Community Opera performances, however there will be free of charge tables on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s always plenty of room around site, with multiple picnicking areas, for the whole audience to enjoy prior to the performance.

Tickets
Adult £15, Under 18 £5

Plus a suggested donation of £50 (adult)/ £25 (u18) per ticket.

Donations are in support of our GO Participate programme. Bookings made via the website will include this suggested donation. If you wish to amend this please call the Box Office on 01494 376037.

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A Trip to the Moon

30 July – 31 July 2024

30 July – 31 July 2024

Cast & Creative Team

Cast

Georges Méliès

Robert Murray

Eoa

Jennifer France

Queen of the Moon People

Sarah-Jane Lewis

Oeo

Patrick Dow

Creative Team

Conductor

Douglas Boyd

Director

Karen Gillingham

Designer

Rhiannon Newman Brown

Lighting Designer

Ben Pickersgill

Video Designer

Claudia Lee

Choreographer

Natasha Khamjani
Garsington Opera Adult Company
Garsington Opera Youth Company
Primary School Youth Company

Hannah Ball Primary School

Infant Youth Company

Ibstone CE Primary School
Stokenchurch Primary School

Philharmonia Orchestra

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