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