What you thought of Nothing

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‘Unforgettable’, ‘moving’, ‘gripping’ – just some of the superlatives used to describe David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell’s new opera Nothing, which premiered at Glyndebourne last week.

Nothing is the latest opera specially commissioned by Glyndebourne to be performed on its main stage by amateur performers from the local community.

Over 40 teenagers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera performed alongside five professional singers, while Southbank Sinfonia mentored talented young instrumentalists, who played with them in the orchestra pit.


What the critics thought

Highlights from the reviews for Nothing include:

The Independent – ★★★★★

‘Glyndebourne’s education department has always been the brand-leader for youth opera, and still is: David Bruce’s Nothing is a pretty well flawless piece’

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The Observer – ★★★★★

‘Brilliantly drilled by the conductor, Sian Edwards, and the director, Bijan Sheibani, the entire company gave a highly professional and gripping performance.’

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The Stage – ★★★★★

‘There could hardly be a stronger testament to Glyndebourne’s education work, which began 30 years ago, than this compelling and unsettling opera.’

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Your reaction

From the response on social media, it’s clear that the audience were equally impressed.


The view from the stage

Nothing made a strong impact on its performers too. Professional mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons played Ursula.

Countertenor James Hall, who played Johan, found the ideal GIF through which to express his admiration for the teenagers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera.

And one of those young performers, Kitty Casey, is pictured celebrating the opera’s success with creators Glyn Maxwell and David Bruce in a tweet sent by her mum.


A film recording of Nothing will be streamed for free on the Glyndebourne website from 6-8 May 2016 to celebrate European Opera Days 2016. Watch here.

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