LAZARUS - A new opera for Birmingham and the world



Would you want to be brought back from the dead? Lazarus doesn't get a choice. In our version of the myth, he's overwhelmed by what he's seen and unable to speak of his experience. Persecuted and cast out into the sea in a boat with no oars, he and his family lose their home and all hope of return. They're not alone in their experience of oppression and persecution. Through the voices of the Birmingham people - singing their stories - Lazarus responds to the momentous change, devastating destruction and persecution worldwide that leaves individuals communities adrift.


The new commission, LAZARUS, will have its world premiere in March 2018. It plays to the strengths of volunteer participants as well as professional singers - a unique mix of local performers and opera professionals that create a world-class work together. 



The Artistic Team

Our local participants will be working with an incredibly exciting artistic team of opera professionals.

Giorgio Battistelli is one of Italy’s foremost contemporary composers. He regularly premieres his work in the most celebrated opera houses such as La Scala in Milan.

The librettist Sarah Woods has experience across all media and is particularly interested in social issues. Her work has been produced by companies such as Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.

The world premiere in Birmingham will be directed by our artistic director Graham Vick CBE, one of the world’s leading and most experienced opera directors. 

They will be joined by the young and incredibly talented conductor Jonathon Heyward.



You might have already experienced some of Battistelli’s music at our flashmob performance in April at Birmingham New Street Station. 




The vocal score will be delivered in November 2017 and our local volunteer participants will start rehearsing soon after.


How to become involved

We need your help to support this project financially. If you’d like to help us out please consider making a one-off donation or setting up a monthly donation via Virgin Money Giving.

Alternatively, you can give Rena a call on 0121 246 6632 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

You’re also invited to become a performer. Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by giving us a call on 0121 246 6644.

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