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Creating contemporary opera

Birtwistle book coverDr David Beard will be speaking at a conference at the Institute of Musical Research later this month.

‘Poetry, Music, Drama: the creation of contemporary opera’ is a one-day conference designed to bring together poets, composers, producers and academics to discuss the collaborative processes involved in the creation of contemporary opera.

The conference takes place on 16 January and is co-organised by the Institute for Musical Research and the Institute of English Studies, at the University of London's School of Advanced Studies. It includes contributions by composers John Casken and Robert Saxton,and writer Michael Symmons Roberts (librettist for James MacMillan's The Sacrifice), and will be followed by a conversation between Sir Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent discussing their opera The Minotaur to coincide with performances of this work this month at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Dr Beard’s talk is entitled 'Instinctive interventions: Birtwistle at the National Theatre and beyond'.

Dr Beard’s book – Harrison Birtwistle’s Operas and Music Theatres – was published in late 2012 by Cambridge University Press and is the first definitive study of the composer’s music for the opera house and theatre, from smaller-scale works to full-length operas.

Related links:
Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera (CIRO)
Institute of Musical Research