Jade Goody was catapulted to fame in 2002 on the third Channel 4 series of Big Brother (owned and operated by the present chairman of Arts Council England). Nothing in her south London working-class upbringing prepared her for the trappings of celebrity and she was meat and drink for ravenous tabloid newspapers until her death, aged 27, of cancer in March 2009. Many, hacks, snappers and media owners made an obscene profit from her travails.
and the Crowd (wept) is a new opera on the life and death of Jade Goody as reflected through mass media. In other words, it exploits the work of the exploiters and ought to be well worth seeing. Details have just been released, below. Here’s the site link.
and the Crowd (wept)
A new opera: music by Erick Flores, text by Afsaneh Gray
Directed by Pia Furtado
Conducted by Adam Gatehouse
Cast: Cathy Bell, David Hansford, Norah King, Sarah Minns
“The crowd cheered,
The photographers snapped like crocodiles”
When Jade Goody died in 2009, her death was consumed like one more episode of the reality TV that created her. She was the symbol of the Big Brother generation, the first reality TV star to get widespread recognition. Part drawn from media accounts of her life and death, part modern-day fairy tale, and the Crowd (wept) explores the emptiness at the heart of the celebrity dream.
The production is directed by Pia Furtado (Opera Holland Park) and conducted by Adam Gatehouse (Editor Live Music, BBC Radio 3).