Working at another scale in community opera

It is a surprise, in my sixties, to find myself working on opera, as part of the Traction project. This prestigious art form is very far from the community art projects in which I’ve spent my life. It is truly another world. There is common ground, of course, especially as the three Traction projects are community operas, co-creations between professional and non-professional artists. And a lot of the artistic process are the same: building a set presents similar challenges, whether it’s being done by a highly-experienced stage crew or by volunteers learning as they work. It has to look good and serve its purpose: it’s just that the budgets are rather different…