The four composers are Nabil Benabdeljalil (Moroccan), Bahaa El-Ansary (Egyptian), Amir Elsaffar (Iraq-American) and Nadim Husni (Syrian). During the residency, the four emerging composers will experience the work of both The Royal Opera and Shubbak Festival, exploring current and future artistic practice with mentors from both organisations and engaging with leading creatives and producers, and fellow writers and composers.
Woman at Point Zero is a seminal novel by Egyptian author, feminist and doctor Nawal el Saadawi. Bushra El-Turk’s adaptation of the work was conceived in collaboration with German Egyptian soprano Merit Ariane Stephanos, who sings the role of Firdaus, with a libretto by British Egyptian writer Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Maria Koripas, with a diverse wind ensemble featuring members of Ensemble Zar.
Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture will run from 1 to 16 July 2017.