Special event Past event Sunday, 26 November 2017

ENO Baylis presents: Towards Another World

This new work inspired by Verdi’s opera Aida involves a community chorus of 100 individuals from across London and professional artists from English National Opera. As part of the wider program around the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition

  • Starting in the Grand Entrance, South Kensington

  • Free event

ENO Baylis presents: Towards Another World  photo

The culmination of a community project involving over 200 individuals, Towards Another World is produced by ENO Baylis, the learning programme of English National Opera.

The project has taken inspiration from Verdi’s opera Aida, renowned for its epic scale and spectacular chorus scenes, and currently on stage at ENO’s home, the London Coliseum.
The central character in Verdi’s Aida is a woman separated from her homeland and torn between her sense of duty towards family and country, and her feelings for a man she is not supposed to love. Set against the might of Ancient Egypt with its hierarchies of power and social expectation this intimate love story transcends time and geographical boundaries.

The project has explored individual stories of home and where the heart belongs, the external pressures that affect our choices and how history repeats itself. ENO Baylis have worked with a community chorus of 100 individuals from across London, comprising members of ENO’s youth programme, adult English language learners, Streetwise Opera, and the ENO community choir. Working with professional artists, the participants have created original text and music which have been interwoven with words and musical motifs from Verdi’s opera. Towards Another World was created as a site specific performance at the V&A.