Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

3:34, 30th October 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

The annual opera programme brings together leading emerging singers, directors, designers, composers, librettists, and producers for 14 days of intensive performance and production training, culminating in two evenings of shows at English National Opera’s Lilian Baylis House.

The two new operas are hunger by composer Joanna Ward and librettist Ryan Hay, and The Storm by composer and librettist Lewis Coenen-Rowe. The revival production is the critically acclaimed Mad King Suibhne, composed by Noah Mosley to a libretto by Ivo Mosley.

The teams involved in staging hunger and The Storm will have their ideas workshopped by Judith Weir (10 November), who will focus on shaping and developing operatic compositions; Buxton International Festival’s artistic director Stephen Barlow (9 November), who will be providing insight into the skills needed for musical performance; and English National Opera artistic director Daniel Kramer, who will lead a masterclass on the art of directing (17 November).

Formations 2017 will take place at ENO’s Lilian Baylis House in West Hampstead, London. All of the masterclass sessions will be open to the public, and most will include opportunities for audiences to feature in the Q&A or feedback with the masterclass leaders and participants.

The performances will take place on 16 and 17 November.



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