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Lewis Murphy & Laura Attridge

Since meeting at the Royal College of Music in 2013, composer Lewis Murphy and writer Laura Attridge have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting young creative partnerships on the opera scene today. Successful artists in their own right, they share an approach to making work that combines a deep appreciation for the operatic tradition with a love of innovative forms of music theatre in its broadest sense. Together, they aim to bring to the stage stories which respond directly to the modern world and are accessible to a diverse audience. They are particularly interested in making socially conscious work that seeks to ask questions of its viewers.

Their portfolio together already includes numerous pieces: Now, commissioned by Tête-à-Tête Festival and the Royal College of Music as part of new opera project Hogarth’s Stages in 2014; Damsel/Wife/Witch, an interdisciplinary piece exploring gender norms through fairytale for two actors and mezzo-soprano, premiered by And So Forth in 2015; First Date, a 5-minute pop-up opera commissioned and premiered by Sound Festival in Aberdeen (2017); Belongings (2017), commissioned during Lewis’ time as Young Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne, which juxtaposes the stories of a group of present-day young refugees and a group of WWII evacuees; and Then to the Elements, premiered by Scottish Opera (2018) as part of their Opera Sparks showcase. Lewis and Laura recently wrote a bespoke aria for one of the exceptional young artists at the National Opera Studio, as part of project 12:40, which premiered in June 2018. Upcoming projects include a new opera commission for the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company, celebrating their 10th Anniversary, which will premiere in the Linbury Theatre later this year.

In early 2018 they also created and led A Manchester Songbook, pairing composers from The Royal Northern College of Music with writers from The Writing Squad and mentoring each partnership through the collaborative process towards writing new art songs.

For more information, media and reviews, see their PROJECTS page.

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