Youth opera Nothing shortlisted at the YAMawards 2016

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A critically acclaimed youth opera that had its world premiere at Glyndebourne in March has been shortlisted in the Best Opera category of the 2016 Young Audiences Music (YAM) awards, which honour the world’s best productions for young audiences.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Nothing was adapted from a book for young adults by Danish author Janne Teller by composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell.

It tells the haunting story of a group of teenagers trying to convince their classmate that 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.

The production was directed by Bijan Sheibani with design by Giles Cadle. The cast included 50 teenagers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera, performing alongside a small number of professional singers while musicians from Southbank Sinfonia performed alongside talented young instrumentalists in the orchestra pit.

As a result of its nomination for Best Opera, Nothing is also eligible to win the Public Choice Award, decided by an online vote. Vote here.

All the winners will be announced at an awards event in Norway on 25 October 2016.

The YAMawards are delivered by Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), a global network of organisations that provides opportunities for young people and children to develop through music.