Jade Goody's life made into an opera
Published 17/07/2013 | 09:21
The late Big Brother star is being celebrated in an upcoming opera.
The life of Big Brother contestant Jade Goody will be celebrated in a celebrity-inspired stage opera at London's Riverside Studios.
The work, entitled and the Crowd, has taken more than three years to make and and was written by playwright Afsaneh Gray. The Independent reports today that the opera will be directed by Pia Furtado, who has worked on pieces performed by Opera North and the Royal Opera, and is being conducted by the editor of Live Music at BBC Radio 3, Adam Gatehouse.
Goody died of cervical cancer, aged just 27, in 2009 and Gray said: "I was a medical secretary just at the time when Jade Goody got ill with cancer, and the two women I was working with were coming in everyday with The Sun and OK! magazine. And they took really opposing ideas of her. One was like: ‘Poor Jade she’s a mother-of-two and she’s dying of cancer.’ And the other was like: ‘She’s a racist, she deserves everything she gets.’ Everyone has an opinion about her.”
Three female singers play Goody and the opera will have a narrator.
As seen on Independent.co.uk