Rox gets her first UK opera commission

Roxanna Panufnik has been commissioned to write a ‘people’s opera’ for the 2017 Garsington Festival, it was announced today. Silver Birch will be sung by professional singers with community and children’s choruses.

Rox is the daughter of the Anglo-Polish symphonist Andrzej Panufnik and prolific explorer of religious themes. She and I have worked together on The Song of Names oratorio.


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  • A “people’s opera”. For the most snooty country-house black-tie opera set-up in Britain. I see.

    I’m bally sure it will be a simply topping triumph with Tristram, Rebecca, Cressida, and Hugh. Then it’s off in the Range-Rover down to the Jolly Stockbroker’s to quaff a tipple of St-Emilion, eh?

    Toodle-pip, All! ))

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