World premiere of a new opera
Galileo! is an exciting and gloriously funny operatic celebration of Galileo Galilei's groundbreaking discoveries in astronomy.
His father, Vincenzo, was another trail-blazer, taking a leading part in the invention of opera. With this in mind, there can be no better way to mark Galileo's 450th anniversary than in opera.
The new opera owes much to the huge success of the 2013 production of Britten's Noye’s Fludde and, similarly, calls on opera singers and instrumentalists of the highest calibre to lead a cohort of singers and players drawn from absolute beginners to experienced amateurs and brilliant young people.
Galileo! is the opera for EVERYONE to be part of.
In the performances, children and adults can sing in the Chorus of Stars while solo opera singers depict the Sun, the Moon and Galileo. Caroline takes a spoken part.
Massed players provide a starry soundscape representing the universe with stringed, wind, brass, keyboards, and an array of conventional and exotic percussion and electronic instruments.
Friday 10 October, 2pm
Saturday 11 October, 7pm
Length: approx 45 minutes
St Peter's Church
Mount Park Road
Ealing W5 2RU
How to get there
Nearest station Ealing Broadway: 5-10 minutes walk
Central and District Lines, National Rail (Heathrow Connect)
Buses: E2, E9, 266 & E1, E8, E10, E11, 207, 427, 607, 65, 83
The Story of the Opera
There is a big bang and the universe comes into being. The Sun, the Moon and the Chorus of Stars appear. They settle down, moving through the universe and singing together happily and harmoniously.
Galileo comes along and takes a closer look at them through his new telescope. He notices things they do not know about. They find this hard to understand and become confused and upset.
When Caroline also finds fault with the stars, confusion turns to extreme anger. They decide to put Galileo on trial for his life. Will they find him guilty or not guilty?
Caroline Herschel, astronomer
Family friendly event
Would you like to take part in the opera?
If you enjoy singing, playing an instrument, making costumes or just generally helping out you could have a great experience and maybe make new friends. You will be very warmly welcomed!
Email or phone 020 8567 7623.
Tell us what you like doing or ask us for more information.
The Chorus of Stars will be sung by 100 children and young people recruited from schools in the London Borough of Ealing!
The Chorus of Stars