"…a sophisticated score…both funny and flexible”
—Dominion Post, NZ
Lucy’s opera RED! is an interactive experience for children - introducing them to the world of opera - storytelling, music, drama, movement!
Some parts of the opera are unwritten, so that the children themselves create soundscapes and words which are interwoven with existing songs.
Red! Is for 8 - 10 year olds to perform alongside professional opera singers and musicians. It features 3 singers and can be performed with between 1 and 20 musicians.
It was commissioned by Barefoot Opera UK in 2019 and had its first performance at Robsack Wood Primary Academy in Hastings UK with 50 children in March 2020 (just before the pandemic hit - PHEW)!
In August 2021 Red! was performed by 350+ children, a 20-piece orchestra and 3 professional singers in Wellington, New Zealand. This was a co-production between New Zealand Opera and Orchestra Wellington and featured children from 5 local primary schools. This performance was recorded by Radio New Zealand and SOUNZ. A pilot performance took place in December 2020 at Kelburn Primary School in Wellington with 40 children.
Barefoot Opera was revisited in July 2021 by Barefoot Opera with 150+ local children from three local primary schools with a new arrangement for the Barefoot Band. Funding from Arts Council England and Foreshore Trust.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Participating in Red! gave our pupils a learning opportunity that they would not have otherwise have had. They were able to experience drama and music in a really different way thanks to Barefoot. I saw pupils gain confidence through the process and explore new ways of expressing themselves. The pupils that took part enjoyed working up to a performance and being able to share their success with their families.”
— Alex Reed (Deputy Head)
Robsack Wood Primary Academy