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Britten Pears Arts

Britten Pears Arts

The conductor as dramaturg

approaching the conducting of new operas in a spirit of collaboration and experimentation

22 - 26 August 2023

Britten Pears Arts


A five-day conductors’ residency for women and marginalised genders who are looking to expand their approach to opera music making. The course will be led by experts in contemporary repertoire and will include workshops on collaborating with composers and sound designers. This workshop is co-organised by Britten Pears Arts and the Royal Opera House.


The course puts recently composed repertoire in the spotlight. Participating conductors will have the opportunity to dive into new scores and prepare excerpts from a range of contemporary works, including excerpts from Oliver Leith’s Last Days, premiered in the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre earlier this season.  


In addition to working with singers, repetiteurs and orchestra, both privately and in public masterclass formats, the course will include mentoring/feedback and talks on working with sound designers and collaborating with composers and librettists while work is still in creation.


Workshop’s objectives:

- To examine the role of the Conductor as storyteller and dramaturg

- Expanding opportunities for women and marginalised gender conductors as the earlier stages of their careers

- Opportunities to work with world leading mentors

- Approaching the conducting of new operas with collaboration and experimentation in mind


Conducting leaders: Kanako Abe and Sian Edwards

Guest speakers/workshop leaders: Cee Haines and others tbc

Ensemble: 12 Ensemble with GBSR Duo – tbc


 Practical informations


Date: From 22nd August 2023 – 2pm onwards to 26th August 2023 – 6pm

Place: Britten Pears Arts, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP


 Application process


This course is for women and marginalised genders whose deep curiosity around form and tradition allows them to explore fresh approaches to interpretation and opera-making. We are looking for conductors who want to make opera with and for an emerging generation of collaborators and audiences.


You do not have to be a resident of the UK or EU in order to apply for this course. We are looking for conductors who are women or of marginalised genders who are technically proficient and already have professional experience conducting an orchestra, but who are still at the start of their careers and want to push themselves creatively and expressively at their edge and are keen to expand their thinking about the future of the artform.     


We look for outstanding emerging artists (18+) who are looking for exciting opportunities to further refine their skills and gain valuable input from industry professionals. Generally, young artists come to our courses once they have either graduated from formal training or are finishing their education. There is no formal upper age limit, being early career can look different for different artists and we embrace those that have taken a non-traditional route with starting their career.


Applications for the 2023-24 programme are open from 9 January 2023 – 16 February 2023 (deadline: 1pm - 16 February UK Time)


- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions*
- the artist must contact her sending institution, which decides if they recommend her application
- the artist must fill in the online form on Britten Pears Arts' website
- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments


*artists not connected to the network yet can also apply to this specific workshop, further details on Britten Pears Arts' website.





Number of participants: max. 12

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 6

- Positions reserved for participants selected by the hosting institution: 6