Opera Sparks was launched in 2016 as a competition to find Scotland’s most talented young composers and writers. Selected by a panel including Music Director Stuart Stratford, Head of Music Derek Clark and director Olivia Fuchs (Inés de Castro 2015), the three short works will be performed by Scottish Opera’s Connect Company –16 to 21 year old singers, instrumentalists and stage managers – in April 2018 in celebration of its 10th anniversary, and as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
Read more about the three winning short operas…
THEN TO THE ELEMENTS
Music: Lewis Murphy Words: Laura Attridge
Anna longs for a baby and this is her last chance. Finally it happens – but can a child ever be truly perfect? Inspired by Frankenstein, this modern tale of parenthood is written by Lewis Murphy, graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, and Glasgow-born Laura Attridge.
LITTLE BLACK LIES
Music: Matthew Whiteside Words: Helene Grøn
Sophie can’t remember how old she is or the last time she left the house. You probably heard about the war in her country. No? Well, everybody left but Sophie still has plenty of friends. Look! Here they are now… Exploring the stories we tell ourselves in order to live better with reality, Little Black Lies is written by Glasgow-based composer and sound designer Matthew Whiteside, and Danish playwright and poet Helene Grøn.
Music & Words: Henry McPherson
In midsummer, while picking blackberries in an ancient wood, a child stumbles upon a tiny creature in the undergrowth. But taking her new-found treasure home, she soon realises that she has taken on more than she bargained for. A re-telling of a traditional folk tale, Maud is written and composed by Henry McPherson, founding member of the Glasgow-based artists’ collective EAST.