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6th February, 2017

The New Librettist: The role of the writer in opera

Guild Hall School

Event Details

6th February, 2017
14:00 -
Milton Court
Rehearsal Room 2
London EC2Y 9BH

The relationship between writer and composer is key to an opera’s success. The most incredible music and the most innovative staging must all start with an idea, a story, a framework which will ignite the composer’s imagination. As opera moves into new territory, writers are becoming even more important, telling new stories and reaching different audiences.

Presented by the Guildhall School in partnership with the Royal Opera, this conference considers the craft of the librettist. Welcoming creative writers curious about opera, as well as writers and composers already working in the art-form, it brings together colleagues from our celebrated MA in Opera Making & Writing programme come with creative writers from around the literary scene to discuss what it means to write the words of an opera in the 21st century.

For both opera enthusiasts and those just curious about the medium, the conference is a way to find out more about the role of the librettist within opera creation. Writers including Martin Crimp, Richard Thomas, and Amanda Holden will unpack their toolkits and discuss how opera benefits from librettists who have different backgrounds including playwriting, directing and facilitating.

For composers and directors, the conference is a chance to find out more about working dramatically. Julian Philips and the first Guildhall School and Royal Opera House Composer in Residence Philip Venables discuss the relationship between librettist, composer and director and how to create a dynamic, deeply explorative collaboration.

The conference also sees the birth of The Librettist Network, a new initiative helping writers to meet collaborators and develop their craft.

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