Philip Venables

PRSF Funding for new opera project

7 July 2016 - news


I’m delighted to announce that, thanks to the incredible Laura Bowler, the PRS for Music Foundation have awarded us a substantial grant for our new verbatim opera project.   Laura is a vocal performer and founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a company specialising in the creation and performance of contemporary opera with emerging opera creatives in exciting and challenging ways.

The PRSF funding will support the commission fees by Laura Bowler and me in our creation of two short, intimate opera works depicting the experience and consequence of rape through the victim’s eyes, told using verbatim interview transcripts.  The project is a collaboration with members of the charity, RapeCrisis, and will premiere in 2018 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

We’re also incredibly grateful to Aldeburgh Music for giving us space and resources to develop these two pieces over the next 12 months.


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