From page to stage

Nothing tells the haunting story of a group of teenagers trying to convince their classmate life has meaning. Things quickly escalate as the children go to ever more extreme lengths to try to persuade their friend that there are things worth caring about. Composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell talk about adapting the book into an opera.

Nothing is a very rich novel that reminded me of the huge, exciting, difficult journey teenagers go on, as they move from childhood to adulthood. Whilst the basic story is simple, Nothing spins a web of emotional conflicts, ethical dilemmas, and fascinating philosophical ideas.

Bijan Sheibani - Director

Production timeline

  • Dec 2013

    Decision to stage Nothing in 2016

  • Jan 2014

    David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell commissioned to work on Nothing

  • Feb 2014

    Tycho's Dream

    David Bruce visits Glyndebourne to observe a GYO rehearsal of Tycho’s Dream

  • April 2015

    Recruitment GYO taster workshops in Brighton, East and West Sussex

  • July 2015

    Final scores

    Final score delivered

  • June - July 2015

    Auditions

    GYO Chorus and Orchestra auditions

  • 20 Sept 2015

    Project launch

    Project launch date with the Chorus and Orchestra

  • 21 Sept 2015

    First rehearsal

    First Music rehearsal for the Chorus, followed by weekly rehearsals for the following 10 weeks

  • 5 Dec 2015

    First joint rehearsal

    First joint rehearsal for Chorus and Orchestra on the stage

  • 05 Jan 2016

    set arrives

    Set arrives to Glyndebourne

  • 07 - 15 Jan 2016

    Costume fittings for the Chorus

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Professional rehearsal

    Chorus and Professional singers rehearse for the first time together

  • 06 Feb 2016

    production rehearsal

    First production rehearsal on stage with the set

  • 22 Feb 2016

    Final dress rehearsal

  • 24 - 27 Feb 2016

    programme and tickets

    World premiere of Nothing

  • Dec 2013

    Decision to stage Nothing in 2016

  • Jan 2014

    David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell commissioned to work on Nothing

  • Feb 2014

    Tycho's Dream

    David Bruce visits Glyndebourne to observe a GYO rehearsal of Tycho’s Dream

  • April 2015

    Recruitment GYO taster workshops in Brighton, East and West Sussex

  • July 2015

    Final scores

    Final score delivered

  • June - July 2015

    Auditions

    GYO Chorus and Orchestra auditions

  • 20 Sept 2015

    Project launch

    Project launch date with the Chorus and Orchestra

  • 21 Sept 2015

    First rehearsal

    First Music rehearsal for the Chorus, followed by weekly rehearsals for the following 10 weeks

  • 5 Dec 2015

    First joint rehearsal

    First joint rehearsal for Chorus and Orchestra on the stage

  • 05 Jan 2016

    set arrives

    Set arrives to Glyndebourne

  • 07 - 15 Jan 2016

    Costume fittings for the Chorus

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Professional rehearsal

    Chorus and Professional singers rehearse for the first time together

  • 06 Feb 2016

    production rehearsal

    First production rehearsal on stage with the set

  • 22 Feb 2016

    Final dress rehearsal

  • 24 Feb 2016

    Performance for Schools

  • 25 - 27 Feb 2016

    programme and tickets

    World premiere of Nothing