The Gardeners
The Gardeners
An new opera by Robert Hugill & Joanna Wyld

 We are pleased to announce the world premiere of The Gardeners, a new chamber opera by composer Robert Hugill and librettist Joanna Wyld.

The opera will be premiered in concert on Thursday 18 June 2019, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, conducted by William Vann. There will be further performances during 2019 building up to a staging in 2020.

The opera is set within a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, amongst the family which maintains the gardens in the cemetery, and it deals with issues of remembrance, tolerance, and brotherhood.

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The Gardeners - a new chamber opera


Music – Robert Hugill
Libretto – Joanna Wyld
With selected phrases adapted from A.E. Housman and Rabindranath Tagore

The Gardener – Julian Debreuil (bass-baritone)
The Old Gardener [The Gardener’s father] – Peter Brathwaite (baritone)
The Angry Young Man [The Gardener’s son] – Magid El-Bushra (counter tenor)
The Grandmother [The Gardener’s mother] - Flora McIntosh (mezzo-soprano)
The Mother [The Gardener’s wife] – Georgia Mae Bishop (mezzo-soprano)

The Dead (TTB chorus) - The ghosts of those buried in the Cemetery

Instrumental ensemble:

Harp (Oliver Wass), Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello


A Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in a war-torn country

World premiere - Tuesday 18 June 2019, Conway Hall.

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