RESEO and Jeunesses Musicales International are thrilled to announce the winner of the Best Opera for Young Audiences Award in the context of the Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMA) 2015:
Comfort Ye is an opera performance based on autobiographical texts and songs by young South African singers. A dark story full of ambiguities, the opera follows the lives of its protagonists through an eventful 24 hours. Love, loss, a chase, a murder, rumours of abuse, families divided, and an ultimate message of hope – all these events are drawn from the everyday lives of the young performers. Set to a haunting score of old and new music, this is a production that will disturb and move you. The company, Umculo, regards opera as an ideal medium for social discourse, and its productions draw on themes relevant to the communities involved.
“The authenticity of this work, in particular through the young participants, is breathtaking. They sing and act their own stories – and how. They move with complete assurance on the stage, they perform at an astonishingly high level of excellence and at every moment you can feel their joy both in performance. They are also utterly convincing as a chorus, whether they are signing the gently swinging “Everything’s gonna be all right”, the demanding “Night Chorus” by Milliken, or Handel’s sombre “Thy pleasures, moderation, give.””
“Comfort and Hope” Matthias Haase – Auditoriummag, 2015
“The jury was unanimously impressed by the talent and the energy of the young people on stage telling their own story. The quality of the performance, both musically and dramatically, supports the power of the emotion expressed by these young performers. We were touched by the truth, the authenticity, coming from these collected experiences. We believe that it is an inspiring way to connect people together in opera.”
This award, powered by RESEO, aims at encouraging and promoting quality opera performances for young audiences. It is organised as part of Jeunesses Musicales international’s YAMAwards (Young Audiences Music Awards), thus highlighting an inclusive and interdisciplinary perspective. The YAMAwards are divided into three categories: Best Small Ensemble of Young Audiences, Best Large Ensemble for Young Audiences, Best Opera for Young Audiences.
The jury for the Best Opera for Young Audiences category was composed of 6 European specialists, who contributed their respective professional approaches to the two-day selection process. In 2015, 23 productions from throughout Europe were submitted.
The four nominees for Best Opera for Young Audiences Award 2015 were:
The winners of each category as well as the Public Choice and the Production of the Year awards were announced at the YAMAwards Ceremony which took place in Zagreb, Croatia on the 14th of September 2015 during JMI’s YAM Session event.
Watch out for the next edition in 2016!