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Insights: Superwomen of the Royal Opera House: Emma Southworth and Sarah Crabtree: Monday 11 March 2019, 6pm at Clore Studio

Insights: Superwomen of the Royal Opera House

Hear from some of the ‘superwomen’ who work behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House in this series of pre-performance events to celebrate International Women's Day.


Clore Studio

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


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


Emma Southworth is Creative Producer for The Royal Ballet. She is responsible for developing and programming the dance performances in the Linbury Theatre, as well as producing The Royal Ballet’s choreographic programme and additional projects within the Company. Southworth joined the Company in June 2013 from The Place.

Southworth studied Music at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 1996, going on to work with Birmingham Arts Marketing. With DanceXchange she was Project Manager for British Dance Edition 2002 and Programme Manager for The Patrick Centre, where she developed and established DanceXchange’s new venue within Birmingham Hippodrome. In 2007 she was Producer for the inaugural International Dance Festival Birmingham. In 2008 Southworth became Deputy Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place, where she oversaw the management of both the Robin Howard Dance Theatre and the department, as well as the project management of British Dance Edition 2012. Previous positions include being a Trustee of The Opera Group and a Governor of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Sarah Crabtree is Creative Producer for The Royal Opera. She is responsible for the programming and producing of opera productions in the Linbury Theatre, and for producing Royal Opera productions away from Covent Garden at venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the Roundhouse. In the 2017/18 Season she was responsible for The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse, the world premiere of Coraline at the Barbican and the first revival of 4.48 Psychosis at Lyric Hammersmith. She is also responsible for The Royal Opera’s research and development programme, which supports the development of new work and emerging artists. Sarah joined The Royal Opera as a Senior Producer in April 2015.

Sarah studied music at Kings College London. She worked for Opera Holland Park from 2006 to 2015, and became Associate Producer to James Clutton there in 2012. At Opera Holland Park, she delivered the company’s summer season, and commissioned Opera Holland Park’s first new work – Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – in 2012.

Sarah is passionate about supporting emerging artists and developing younger audiences for opera. She is a Trustee of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.