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Rosalind Morris

Librettist

Biography

Canadian anthropologist, cultural critic, writer and filmmaker Rosalind Morris made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 as co-librettist with Yvette Christiansë for Zaid Jabri’s opera Cities of Salt, extracts of which were performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Morris studied literature, philosophy and anthropology before taking her PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York, and has taught at Cornell University and the University of Witwatersrand and lectures internationally. Her many awards include the Lenfest Prize at Columbia University and the Lichstern lectures at the University of Chicago. She has received fellowships from the institutes for advanced study in Princeton and in Stellenbosch, the Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy in Weimar and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy.

Morris’s writing includes non-fiction prose, fiction, poetry, librettos and film scripts, ranging across many topics, media and genres. Her many books include a volume of ‘conversations’ with William Kentridge and Accounts and Drawings from Underground: The East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book, 1906, a collaboration with Kentridge. In 2012 she made her first narrative feature film, Gertrude Stein’s Brewsie and Willie, which is based on her own adaptation of Stein’s novella.

News and features

Opera Essentials: Cities of Salt

15 July 2015
Opera Essentials: <em>Cities of Salt</em>

Our quick introduction to this opera about the impact of our hunt for oil on one small community in the Arabian Gulf.