Glyndebourne offers a fresh opera opportunity

GLYNDEBOURNE is giving audiences another chance to see the acclaimed community production of Knight Crew, to celebrate European Opera Days.

From Saturday, May 7, until the end of the month, the full opera will be streamed via the Glyndebourne website in partnership with Plushmusic.

Glyndebourne’s digital celebration of European Opera Days 2011 rings true to the theme of this year’s event, which focuses on opera for young audiences.

Knight Crew was premiered at Glyndebourne in March last year and featured a chorus of more than 200 young people, some of whom had no previous musical experience.

They were led by TV presenter and Chorus Master Gareth Malone, who was tasked with developing their performance to a level

suitable for the Glyndebourne stage - famed for its extremely high standards of artistic excellence.

The project, which was almost a year in the making, was filmed for a fly-on-the-wall documentary, Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne. It was first broadcast in June 2010 on BBC2 and reached audiences of two million.

European Opera Days is now in its fifth year. It invites opera houses across the world to hold a weekend of events for people new to the art form, or wanting to broaden their existing knowledge. In 2011, more than 100 opera houses, from Sweden to Syria, will take part.