Thursday 14 June 2018


12 new arias, 40 creative artists, 1 production, 3 performances

National Opera Studio - 12:40
The National Opera Studio has commissioned 12 new arias from contemporary composers and librettists and these are being presented in a showcase production at Hoxton Hall for three performances from 14 to 15 June 2018, directed by David Sulkin with costumes showcasing the work of fashion designer Margaret Howell, who has generously donated all the clothes worn by the singers and repetiteurs. 

Each aria was written for a particular singer currently at the National Opera Studio, with the singer being involved in the creative process and the results intended to demonstrate their individual talents. Composers involved include Tom Randle, Bushra El Turk, Philip Venables, and Sally Beamish.

Further details from the National Opera Studio website.


'I lace my boots' from SCRUM: A method for restarting Play by Na'ama Zisser and Samantha Newton

'The Undeniable Loneliness of Whale Evolution' from Indus by Cameron Dodds and Ruth Mariner
'Sole nell' ombra' from Black Sun by Tom Randle and Bechara Moufarrej
'Rosina' from Fallout by Bushra El Turk and Cordelia Lynn
'Alice' from an opera as yet untitled by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman
'Howell's Decision' from Keeping the Light by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge
'Hiraeth' from Hiraeth by Hannah Kendall and Tessa McWatt
'Nobody Cries' from Salvage by Benjamin Tassie and Jacqueline Saphra
'The Handbag Aria' from Loitadora ("Fighter") by Samantha Fernando and Rebecca Hurst
'The Frog Prince' from Alchemy by Sally Beamish and Peter Thomson
'Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Mengirimkan Pesan Kepada Raja Muda' ("The People’s Council Sends a Message to the Viceroy") from Bagaimana Sang Insinyur Agung Minus Teh Bersama Sultan, Dan Apa Yang Terdengar Oleh Bayangan Mereka Yang Memanjang ("How The Great Engineer Took Tea With The Sultan, And What Their Lengthening Shadows Heard") by Christian Mason and Oge Nwosu
'Where No Bell Tolls' from The Barefoot Dancer & The Demon of the Belfry by Rosabella Gregory and Dina Soraya Gregory

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