Perth Festival of the Arts Opera 2024

by Perth Festival of the Arts in Perth, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom

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On 15th November 2023 we successfully raised £1,270 ( + est. £288.75 Gift Aid ) with 24 supporters in 56 days

We need your help to raise £10,000 to bring an exciting new chamber opera 'A Child in Striped Pyjamas' to Perth Festival of the Arts 2024.

by Perth Festival of the Arts in Perth, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom

The Power of a Parable 

In May 2024, Perth Festival of the Arts wishes to present a new chamber opera, A Child in Striped Pyjamas by composer Noah Max, inspired by John Boyne's bestselling novel and film The Boy in the Striped PyjamasThe opera presents a powerful fable of humanity’s innocence through a forbidden friendship between two young children during the Holocaust.

To bring this bold contemporary production to life and present opera to diverse audiences, we need the support of individuals who share our passion for the arts.  


Why this Opera is important

Sensitively and creatively composed by London-based British composer Noah MaxA Child in Striped Pyjamas is an important opera of our time. Boyne’s story is a symbolic exploration of one reason why the Holocaust remains so traumatic: it demonstrates to future generations the relentlessly organised barbarity of which humanity is capable. It is powerful parable that will help current and future generations to engage with, and remember, this period in history.

Today, it is crucial that Boyne’s story reaches a new audience through a new medium. Noah's great-grandparents narrowly avoided the terrible fate which befell 6 million Jews in Europe last century. His chamber opera addresses the Holocaust in a way audiences of every age can engage with.


The opera premiered in London last year, selling out weeks in advance, with reviews affirming that this new work in the operatic repertoire was bold, innovative and expertly crafted.  

Opera at the Festival

As a Scottish charity, Perth Festival of the Arts is dedicated to bringing the life-enhancing benefits of the arts to people of all ages and backgrounds through an annual Arts Festival in our city. We have a long 50-year history of presenting opera to audiences in Scotland. From large-scale operatic masterworks to chamber operas and more recently, Scots Opera, our Festival programme seeks out exciting productions that engage, inspire and challenge audiences.

We have been working with Noah to develop plans to co-produce his new opera at our 2024 Festival. This will be the Scottish premiere. We have an exclusive window to present this production through the agreement with Miramax, the rights-holder to the story. The performances will take place in Perth Theatre on 22 and 23 May 2024, supported by artistic talks and schools' outreach activity.


The opera will be conducted by Robert Max, directed by Guido Martin-Brandis and will be performed by the original cast of singers and one of the UK's foremost chamber music collectives, Hebrides Ensemble. 


Why we need your support

Through this Crowdfunding appeal, we are asking for your support as champions of opera in our culture today, through a one-off donation. 

The costs of presenting Festival events, and especially medium to large-scale classical music and opera, increase each year. Costs now significantly outweigh the amount we can charge for tickets and the audience size we can accommodate in Perth, therefore leaving a growing funding gap for each Festival concert: a gap that we must find a way to bridge each year. 

To make A Child in Striped Pyjamas a reality, we are looking to raise funds in three ways: through ticket sales; through support from Charitable Trusts who share our aims; and through this important Crowdfunding appeal. The appeal seeks your support as audiences, as Festival Friends, and as individuals across Scotland and the UK who share our passion for the arts and recognise the potential of this opera.

We strive to play our part in keeping opera flourishing and in the hearts and minds of future generations. We are also proud to champion contemporary music, supporting the careers of young excelling composers and singers. We need your support to do this.

What will the donations fund?

Funds raised will support the costs of staging the opera. This includes venue hire, artistic costs for singers and instrumentalists, and production costs such as sound, light, props etc. Donations will support the costs of two performances on 22nd and 23rd May 2024 and a third performance specifically for local secondary schools. 


By donating, you will become part of this important event in the Festival’s legacy and help to bring opera to audiences of all ages in 2024. Working with the composer and Artistic Team, we are pleased to offer benefits as a ‘thank you’ for donations of certain sizes. You can also donate an amount of your choosing without a reward.

Thank you

On behalf of the Festival team, thank you for your interest and your generous support.

Update (6 Nov)

We are grateful to everyone who has donated so far. We are unable to add offline donations to this page's total. We have raised £2,730 in total so far - thank you to all who have donated online or by cheque. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Listed in our Programme

If you're able to donate £25 or more, we'll be pleased to acknowledge your donation as an Event Supporter on our website and printed event programme.

£50 or more

Invitation to a Talk with the Artistic Team

As well as acknowledging your generous support, we'll be delighted to invite you to join the opera's Artistic Team for a talk and Q&A. (Date to be confirmed).

£125 or more

Join our Board for a Festival Reception

Enjoy the benefits above and also receive an invitation to join our Board of Directors and sponsors as our guest at a Reception during the 2024 Festival.

£200 or more

Attend a Rehearsal

To thank you for your amazing support, this reward includes the exclusive opportunity to attend a rehearsal of the opera in the run-up to the performances (date to be confirmed). Join the artists and artistic team for a behind-the-scenes experience as the production develops before your eyes. Receive a limited edition signed poster from the opera's premiere.

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