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Tamsin Collison



Nick Quinn

Current projects

THE WEEKEND (Highbury Opera Theatre) 2018
Composer: Scott Stroman
A 45’00” opera based on Michael Palin’s black comedy, ‘The Weekend.’
Planned as a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti.

LAST MAN STANDING (BBC Symphony Orchestra) 2018
Composer: Cheryl Frances Hoad
An original song cycle for Baritone Marcus Farnsworth, inspired by WW1 writings and personal testimonies.
Commissioned as part of Armistice Centenary Events.
World Premiere at Barbican Hall 30th November 2018, in a programme with Vaughn Williams’s 4th Symphony, inspired by his wartime Medical Corps experiences, and Arnold Bax’s 1917 ‘November Woods’.

Opera librettos

FEVER PITCH: THE OPERA (Highbury Opera Theatre) 2017
Composer: Scott Stroman
A full-length adaptation of Nick Hornby’s Arsenal memoir, to mark 20th anniversary of book.
4 professional principals, several amateur soloists, an adult community chorus, 2 youth choruses (senior & junior) and a 12-piece band.

FABLES (Highbury Opera Theatre) 2015
Composer: Scott Stroman

DARTS’ LOVE (Tete a Tete Opera Festival) 2013
Composer: Kerry Andrew
Original opera about a Wild Swimmer and a jealous River.
Winner of ‘Stage Works’ category at B.A.S.C.A. National Composer Awards 2014.

CAT-ASTROPHE (Tete a Tete Opera Festival) 2013
Composer: John Webb
2-handed opera about a suicidal lover and his self-interested cat, Thatcher.

LOVE BYTES (Tete a Tete Opera Festival) 2012
Composer: Cheryl Frances Hoad
2-handed opera on the perils of online dating.

3 original libretti based on short stories by Neil Gaiman, A.L. Kennedy and Will Self, commissioned as demos for an online opera-writing competition.

SONGS OF THE MARCH (Royal Opera House Education) 2011
Composer: Peter Latenka
A song cycle based on Paul Gallico’s ‘The Snow Goose’ written with Essex schoolchildren.

PROFESSIONAL SUICIDE (Royal Opera House) 2011
Composer: Evangelia Rigaki
‘Exposure’ showcase.
5 min, 2-handed opera inspired by ‘Il Pagliaci’

Composers: Orlando Gough and Jeremy Avis.
Event to mark the close of Stavanger’s year as European City of Culture QUEST (Jeanetta Cochrane theatre, Aldwych) 2008
7th original musical devised and written by London Youth Theatre group DreamArts.

ALLIGATOR TRAIN (Royal Opera House) 2008
Composer: Orlando Gough.
A commission from the Education department

THE BALLAD OF SLIPPERY JACK (English National Opera) 2007
Composer: John Webb.
An opera for 9-10 year olds.

MR. PURCELL: HIS GROUND (English National Opera) 2006
Composer: David Knotts

STAND (Trafalgar Square Festival) 2005
Composers: Orlando Gough and Michael Henry.
Also performed at the BBC Proms 2006.

LIONHUNT (English National Opera/Coliseum Theatre) 2005
Composer: John Webb.
An opera for 6-7 year olds.

FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD (English National Opera/London Coliseum) 2004
Composer: Orlando Gough.
Commissioned work to mark the centenary and multi-million pound refurbishment of the theatre.

PIERROT: A BIOGRAPHY (English National Opera) 1999
Composer: Orlando Gough.
Commissioned companion piece to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, for graduation double bill, The Knack at English National Opera

PIERROT LUNAIRE (English National Opera) 1999
Composer: Schoenberg.
New translation in collaboration with Mary King, for graduation double bill, The Knack at English National Opera

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