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The Finding

The Finding explores the courage, honesty, bravery and vulnerability of self-directed women who challenge the status quo. 

Lucy Bradley – director 
Richard Melkonian – composer
Zoë Palmer – libretto

What happens when a child is stolen and there is no body over which a grandmother can weep?  How does the search for truth transform the unbearable pain of injustice into a fighting force for change? The Finding explores the power and vulnerability of older women’s voices and the unbreakable, intimate bond between generations of women – dead and alive.  

The Finding looks to magic realism to develop a mythical, symbolic exploration of the story of a group of grandmothers dealing with the personal consequences of violence and war. Working with a scratch choir of mothers and babies, the piece will explore the ways we grieve, endure and transform suffering and loss.

The Finding was selected via Mahogany's open call. The project is being created by librettist and presenter Zoë Palmer (creator of opera series for 0-2s Musical Rumpus), award-winning composer and filmmaker Richard Melkonian, and director Lucy Bradley (director of Glyndebourne Youth Opera). 

Performing forces: 1 singer (mezzo-soprano) and chorus, cello and electronics

About the Artists' work

“Brilliant, like a humorous dream.”
The Times on Zoë Palmer’s previous work

“…every so often you uncover a gem like this which may actually play a part in securing opera’s future”
Fringe Opera on Lucy Bradley’s Blank Canvas


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