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New Responses to Old Operas

Our new commissioning programme invites artists to create new music theatre responses to opera's past - bringing a contemporary perspective to the operas, composers and stories who have dominated the art for centuries.

Our first two new commissions are

The Leeds Opera Story

Responding to the history of opera in Leeds, drawing paralells between the city's (and the artform's) past and present.

Composer ... Carmel Smickersgill

Librettist ... Emma Hill


Responding to Gustav Holst's 'Savitri', bringing the perspective of South Asian artists to the story

Composer ... Sarah Sayeed

Librettist ... Jaspreet Kaur

These first two commissions will be released online in Spring 2021, with live performances to follow later this year.

Savitri marketing image, 2021 Leeds Opera Festival