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Engender: Open Studio: Melanie Wilson and Jessica Latowicki: Saturday 13 July 2019, 4pm at Clore Studio


The Royal Opera's inaugural Engender is a weekend of events that put women working in opera at the front and centre.


Clore Studio

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD


This event is part of the Summer 2018/19 season.


Melanie Wilson and Jessica Latowicki explore the radical politics of refusing to have children in the face of the accelerating climate crisis, by basing a new opera on the experience of young British women who are part of the BirthStrike movement. How does the decision made by these women challenge the narratives we tell ourselves about our humanity? Can their actions change the future? Join them as they present their early ideas for this new work.

This Engender event is part of a series of Open Studios that take place throughout the weekend. The Royal Opera, in partnership with the Librettists’ Network, is opening the doors on the creative process, as three teams of women creatives present their initial ideas for three new operatic works. After an open application process, in which composer/librettist teams were asked to submit proposals for new operas, three pairs have been chosen to develop their concepts for a work-in-progress presentation featuring fragments of performance and discussion about their material. This is a chance to get an insight into how opera is developed, and to see up close how emerging and established women opera-makers work.

Weekend Ticket

This event can also be booked as part of a discounted package - which does not include the Network Launch - by calling the Box Office on 020 7304 4000 (10am-8pm, Mon-Fri) when booking opens and quoting: “Engender: Weekend Ticket”. The price of this package is £30 (£27 students)