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 works for the stage: A Different Story (2019), commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company; Then to the Elements (2018) for Scottish Opera, written as part of Opera Sparks; a bespoke aria, ‘Howell’s Decision’, commissioned in 2018 by the National Opera Studio for their project 12.40; Belongings (2017), commissioned during Lewis’ time as Young Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne; First Date (2017), a 5-minute pop-up opera for Sound Festival in Aberdeen (2017); Now (2015), commissioned by Tête-à-Tête Festival and the Royal College of Music as part of new opera project Hogarth’s Stages in 2014; and Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015), an interdisciplinary piece performed by two actors and a mezzo-soprano, premiered by And So Forth. Murphy & Attridge look forward to the premieres of two new operas in 2021, details to be announced.
Lewis and Laura are passionate about the craft of collaboration. In early 2018 they 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.
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