The New Librettist: The role of the writer in opera
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 with creative writers from around the literary scene to discuss what it means to write the words of an opera in the 21st century.
Speakers include Martin Crimp, Richard Thomas, Amanda Holden, Julian Philips and Philip Venables. The conference also marks the launch of The Librettist Network, a new initiative helping writers to meet collaborators and develop their craft.