Nothing shortlisted for South Bank Sky Arts Award 2017

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David Bruce’s acclaimed youth opera Nothing has been shortlisted in the Opera category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Nothing is an adaptation of Janne Teller’s book for young adults.

The opera is the work of composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell and had its world premiere at Glyndebourne in February 2016.

It tells the story of a group of teenagers who take ever more extreme lengths in their efforts to try to convince their classmate that life has meaning.

43 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera performed in the premiere alongside five professional singers. Talented young instrumentalists played alongside the Southbank Sinfonia in the orchestra pit.

The acclaimed five-star production, directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Giles Cadle, was the first event to take place in the 30th anniversary year of Glyndebourne’s education department.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards recognise culture in the UK across ten categories – comedy, classical music, dance, film, literature, opera, pop music, theatre, TV drama and visual arts.

The awards launched in 1997 in association with The South Bank Show, spearheaded by presenter and writer Melvyn Bragg. The nominees in each category are selected by an independent judging panel.

Nothing is one of three operas shortlisted in the Opera category. It will compete against Philip Venables’s 4.48 Psychosis at Royal Opera House and Opera North’s 2016 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Winners will be announced on 9 July.