• Year2021
  • VenueLinbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

About the

Conceived by Alison Buchanan, Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera Company, Mami Wata illuminates rich and varied works from a range of established composers.

This concert features music from established British composers Bushra El-Turk and Errollyn Wallen, alongside music by Nkeiru Okoye, Lettie Beckon Alston, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Nahla Mattar, including UK premieres of unheard work.

The concert connects these diasporic voices within the unifying theme of water, which symbolizes movement, journeys, rebirth and freedom. For centuries, women have been linked with water in art and literature. But the illustrious African spirit Mami Wata has been a culturally significant representation of Black women in water for thousands of years and is the earliest Black mermaid found in widespread creation myths across West Africa.

Presented by Pegasus Opera Company in association with the Royal Opera House, this concert continues Pegasus Opera’s work to champion diverse artists in opera, giving voice to a collection of work from trailblazing composers.

In 2022 Pegasus Opera Company celebrates 30 years of advocacy for diversity in music. This programme, curated for the Engender Festival, provides a powerful and stirring experience – immerse yourself in the currents of positive change.

  • ProgrammeDownload (PDF, 140kb)
  • CastAlison Buchanan, April Koyejo-Audiger, Simone Ibbett-Brown, Camille Maalawy, Ronald Samm, Mikel Sylvanus, Monique Jonas
  • Orchestra Piano, Kamilla Arku; First Violin, Sarah Daramy-Williams; Second Violin, Hazel Correa; Viola, Natalie Taylor; Cello, Davina Shum.
  • Creative teamArtistic Director Alison Buchanan, ​Producer Jordan Mullineaux FRSA, Director TD Moyo, Choreographer Monique Jonas, Video editor Femi Johnson, Stage manager Katie Thackeray


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