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Engender: Open Studio: Samantha Fernando and JL Williams: Sunday 14 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.


A village is attacked by a mysterious disease whose main symptom is the silencing of the voice. How will these people survive in the midst of silence, and is there any cure? When one child is finally born who can make a sound, what does it mean? Samantha Fernando and JL Williams are developing a new opera examining the dynamics of power, war, migration and environmental tragedy, and will present a selection of their initial ideas in this work-in-progress sharing.

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)