20 May 2015 at 5.50pm | Comment on this article
Update: Applications for this Composer-in-Residence 2015 opportunity are now closed.
Beginning in September 2015, the studentship is aimed at composers who have some experience in composing for opera. It is supervised by GSMD's Head of Composition, Julian Philips, who was the first Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne. Philips will be partnered by John Fulljames, The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera.
The Composer-in-Residence studentship began in September 2013 with Philip Venables. Jointly funded by GSMD and the The Royal Opera, the studentship offers one composer every two years the opportunity to be Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at The Royal Opera over a three-year period. During this time the composer will research and write a major work for the Linbury Studio Theatre which will be staged in the final term of their third year. The Royal Opera will perform Venables's opera 4.48 Psychosis in May 2016.
'So far this programme has been a real journey of discovery, exploring what I really want to achieve with my operatic work and also what is possible on a logistical level with a large producing house like the ROH', says Venables. 'It’s a luxury to have the time and resources to take this journey, in a very supported environment at both institutions, but on another level, absolutely vital to creating original and engaging new opera.'
As well as the Composer-in-Residence studentship, GSMD and The Royal Opera have also partnered to offer an M.A. in Opera Making.