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★★★★★ The Observer, Re:Sound, Streetwise Opera

★★★★★ The Observer, Re:Sound, Streetwise Opera

For 20 years, Streetwise Opera has brought together people who have experienced homelessness, helping in the rebuilding of lives through creativity and singing. In the company’s latest endeavour, the cities of London, Manchester and Nottingham unite under the heading Re:sound. Nine micro-operas, written by composers in collaboration with Streetwise members, with full orchestra and catchy, jazz ballad-inspired choruses, explore every aspect of city life, from a bus ride in London to meeting under the station clock in Nottingham to the aquatic pleasures – including rain – of Manchester.

After performances in Manchester and Nottingham, this operatic journey arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Some 70 Streetwise performers were joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra (who also swung in style in works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Errollyn Wallen) and singers from the Sixteen. The theatre company 1927 had created enchanting graphics. With confident voices and a spirit of optimism the cast sang their hearts out, ending in unison with the word “respect”. No wonder we all rose to our feet at the end. Respect.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer