Aldeburgh Opera Writing Course

Snape Maltings

In March 2003 I was part of a group of writers and composers attending a course on Opera Writing organized by the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh. The course took place in the Snape Maltings complex which is home to the Aldeburgh Festival and many other arts events. It was led by the director Stephen Langridge and the librettist Stephen Plaice, and we had seminars and workshops from the composers David Sawer and Jonathan Dove, the librettist April De Angelis and the directors Tim Hopkins and Nicholas Till.

On these pages, I've put a few photos of the course.

I didn't manage to find a collaborator for the Genesis Opera Project, so will have to wait for the next one. But I'm still interested in writing an opera some day, so any composer who fancies a collaboration is welcome to get in touch with me via the university. (There's a search facility for email addresses on the site.)

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