Powerful new opera explores themes of invasion, loss and the redeeming power of human goodness.
Following the World Première on October 1st, a semi-staged version of this inspirational opera comes to Battle, specially commissioned for Battle Festival 2016 and the ROOT 1066 International Festival in partnership with Glyndebourne and the De La Warr Pavilion.
Taking inspiration from events that shaped our history, PUSH explores themes of invasion, loss and the redeeming power of human kindness. Written by internationally acclaimed composer Howard Moody, the opera is inspired by the compelling, true story of Simon Gronowski, who was pushed from a train bound for Auschwitz by his mother in 1943. Yet the story neither begins nor ends there. The narrative also draws on various accounts of those who have experienced refugee and prisoner status, including events of 2016; ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, the mass arrival of Syrian refugees into Europe, and the scenes from the train stations in Budapest as refugees were trapped whilst trying to board trains.
Making its world première on Saturday 1 October at the De La Warr Pavilion, PUSH will
be performed by soloists James Newby (2016 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award), Mathew Stiff and Tereza Gevorgyan. Musicians from some of the UK’s major orchestras will accompany a choir of 200 children and adults drawn from across 1066 Country. Mr Gronowski himself will be guest of honour at the world première of this opera inspired by his extraordinary life.
This thrilling and innovatively staged production is directed by Simon Iorio, staff director at Glyndebourne, and the show is designed by award-winning Ele Slade (‘Best Costume Designer’ at the 2015 Off West End Awards, for Usagi Yojimbo at Southwark Playhouse). Following the première a semistaged version will be presented in Battle, at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 8th October 2016. A very special project that sees world class performers working alongside community participants to present a remarkable story.
St Mary’s Church, Battle
Sat 8th Oct | 7.30pm
Tickets: £10, £5 under 18’s from
BattleFestival.com, Farrago & The Crafty Norman in Battle
PUSH is supported by Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, East Sussex Arts Partnership, Chalk Cliff Trust, Magdalen & Lasher Charity, Battle Partnership.
PUSH is a Battle Festival production in partnership with Glyndebourne and the De La Warr Pavilion for Root 1066 International Festival.