opera in the making

100 children on stage with Aedes

The Ensemble Aedes has been the driving force behind the creation of a participative opera bringing together all the pupils at the Royallieu school in Compiègne.

This project, part of the Ministry of Culture’s Plan Chorale, involves 100 pupils in every element of the production, from writing the libretto to designing the set, with workshops of every kind – singing, drama, orchestra, set-building and stage-management – along the way.

The performance which should have taken place in 2020 at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, has been filmed and will be displayed as a documentary in 2021.

The DRAC and the region Hauts-de-France, the Oise départemental council and the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation provide financial support to the participative opera.

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