Mar 18, 2019

"What does it mean to be a girl today?": the subject of a new collaborative opera-creation project

"What does it mean to be a girl today?": the subject of a new collaborative opera-creation project

Last week, composer Omar Shahryar and soprano Marine Costa completed a training residency run by Medinea Network at Festival Aix-en-Provence that aims to launch the outreach projects of up-and-coming artists from Europe and the Mediterranean.

As a result, Marine and Omar are now in the planning stage for a new project they are seeking to launch in France in early 2020.

As artists engaged in current social issues, the duo felt strongly that exploring "what it means to be a girl" in France would be a revelatory subject for all young people to explore - both girls AND boys - through a process of dialogue and musical creation.

The project process will be collaborative, with young people creating the story, words and music facilitated by the professional artists, including a designer and one of the Arabic musicians from their residency in Aix-en-Provence (to be confirmed).

The team hope that by delivering the project in 3 different locations (a city, a town, the countryside) the resulting mini-operas will thoroughly explore the subject matter from different perspectives, with the potential that all 3 could be showcased side-by-side at a later date.

Omar and Marine are still looking for partners for their project, particularly from French arts organisations who are looking for creative opera projects for adolescents.