She Described it to Death ©2020 ROH. Artwork by Dan Muzzi

She Described It to Death

1923 July 2020
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

Performances of this production have been cancelled as the Royal Opera House is currently closed. Find out about other cancelled performances and how you can donate the cost of your ticket, exchange for a voucher or claim a refund here.

What would happen if humans lived as long as trees? Composer Matt Rogers’s new chamber opera is set in an improbable future where extraordinary lifespans have changed human beliefs and behaviour. The piece tells its complex story while reflecting on our often-disastrous relationship with narrative itself. Itfollows Rogers’s previous success The Virtues of Things (2015) and comes to the Linbury Theatre as the third Doctoral Composer-in-Residence collaboration between The Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She Described It to Death, a major new commission, is an intriguing opportunity to get up close to the contemporary – and possibly even the future.

Sung in English

A co-commission between



CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicMatt Rogers

LibrettoSally O'Reilly

DirectorAnna Morrissey

Set designerJoanna Scotcher

Costume designerSamuel Wyer

Lighting designerZoe Spurr

Video designerNina Dunn


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