I contributed lyrics to the new opera ‘Mannequin’ by composer Maria Vatenina and the De Montagne Art Collective which premiered at the Tete a Tete 2015 Opera Festival. ‘Mannequin’ is the world’s first video opera about human cloning! Anya (Héloïse Werner), a clone of deceased opera diva Anna, is
In the eyes of its motherEach infant is fair.Land-dwelling beastsDon’t belong in the air.All play and no workLeaves the storecupboard bare.The slow steady TortoiseWill conquer the Hare. Following our successful production of ‘Jazz You Like It’ for Highbury Opera Theatre in 2014, I collaborated with
Cat-Astrophe was my second ‘Lite Bite’ pop-up opera for Tete a Tete Opera, commissioned for their 2013 Festival. The piece, which reunited me with composer John Webb, combined puppetry, mime, button accordian and pitch black humour. ‘Thatcher’ foils a heartbroken lover’s suicide bids. But when
English National Opera – Writer In Residence In 2012, ENO launched an online Mini Opera-Writing competition. I was commissioned to write 3 original demo libretti, based on seed stories provided by leading authors: What Dreams May Come (from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sweeper of Dreams’), Facing the
“The Delight of the Nation and the Wonder of the World.” “Our all-pleasing Britain’s Orpheus.” “Harry the Great, the Blest!” Tributes from contemporaries Mr Purcell: His Ground was commissioned as the graduation show for English National Opera’s performance course ‘The Knack’ (2005-2006). Composer: David Knotts.