Will Thomas Follow Springer With Streetwise Urban Opera?

News   Will Thomas Follow Springer With Streetwise Urban Opera?
Exciting news from Matthew Peacock, the founder of Britain’s Streetwise Opera. According to a BBC Radio interview, Peacock has persuaded Jerry Springer – The Opera composer Richard Thomas to write an opera for the company for 2005.

The project is not yet announced. However, Thomas recently told this reporter of his aspirations to write an urban opera, featuring different characters ruminating on aspects of London life. That idea would sit perfectly with Streetwise, a company comprised both of professionals and of homeless volunteers from England’s streets. Streetwise is a registered charity. According to its website, its stated goals are “to integrate the homeless an ex-homeless more into their communities, to develop their communication skills, to help them feel pride in their achievements, to engender in them a greater sense of confidence and self-worth. Also, to develop time management through following a routine, and team-work skills.”

Next year will feature a project based around the works of Handel.

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