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Jerwood Opera Writing Programme

For composers, writers and directors who want to create contemporary work combining music, theatre and text.

The Jerwood Opera Writing Programme is made up of two parts: Foundation and Fellowships.

The Foundation is designed to give composers, writers and directors a grounding in creating new opera through a series of practical workshops and seminars, over the course of one year.

Fellowships give support over a 2 year period for the development of a new opera by providing a collaborative, supportive environment, as well as financial and practical support and expertise through workshops and mentoring.

The current cohort of Jerwood Opera Writing Fellows will be working with us until the end of 2018. We are currently reviewing the foundation and fellowship programme and so are not accepting new applications.
An update about future opportunities for these programmes will be available on this page in Autumn 2018.

For other inquiries please contact Kate Wyatt, Producer Opera and Music Theatre kwyatt@snapemaltings.co.uk

Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships 2016-2018

Micky’s Chippy composer Jesse Jones, writer Richard Scott and director Josh Armstrong

Blue Fire composer Joel Rust and writer David Troupes

Giant composer Sarah Angliss and writer Ross Sutherland

The Devil in the Belfry composer Tom Coult and writer Alice Birch

Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation Year 2014/15



  • Josh Armstrong (director)
  • Finn Beames (director/writer)
  • Santa Bušs (composer)
  • Pamela Carter (playwright)
  • Leyli Daryoush (writer)
  • Petter Ekman (composer)
  • Samantha Fernando (composer)
  • Nic Green (director, performer, artist)
  • Max Hoehn (writer/director)
  • Edmund Hunt (composer)
  • Jesse Jones (composer)
  • Sarah Lewis (composer)
  • Lliam Paterson (composer)
  • Naomi Pinnock (composer)
  • Richard Scott (writer/poet)
  • Daniel Solon (playwright)
  • Andrew Thomas (composer)
  • Shiori Usui (composer)
  • Jennifer Williams (poet/playwright)

Contributors & Tutors:

  • Patrick Dickie (opera producer)
  • Jonathan Dove (composer)
  • Mary King (vocal consultant)
  • Stewart Laing (director/designer)
  • Stephen Plaice (writer)
  • David Sawer (composer)

Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships 2012/13

Beyond the Pale

Composer Benjamin Scheuer
Writer Tom Swift
Director Tom Creed

Following the completion of the Fellowship a grant was awarded by Arts Council Ireland for further development and completion of the opera.

Photo: Robert Workman


Composer Mark Simpson
Writer Melanie Challenger

Presented and produced through a partnership between Snape Maltings, Royal Opera and Opera North.

World premiere in 2016 at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, with further performances in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings, the Lyric Hammersmith in London and the Liverpool Playhouse.


Knots & Do-Nots

Composer/Writer Sasha Siem
Writer/Director Ted Huffman

Concluded and ready for commission and production.

Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation 2010/11


  • Natalie Abrahami (director)
  • Peter Cant (writer)
  • Tom Creed (director)
  • Nancy Harris (writer)
  • Aaron Holloway-Nahum (composer)
  • Huang Ruo (composer)
  • Ted Huffman (director/writer)
  • Joanna Lee (composer)
  • Toby Litt (writer)
  • Jamie Man (composer)
  • Christopher Mayo (composer)
  • Alan McKendrick (writer)
  • Donal Sarsfield (composer)
  • Benjamin Scheuer (composer)
  • Sasha Siem (composer)
  • Hannah Silva (writer/director)
  • Marcin Stanczyk (composer)
  • Luke Styles (composer)
  • Tom Swift (writer)


  • Harrison Birtwistle (composer)
  • Jonathan Dove (composer)
  • Alexander Goehr (composer)
  • Orlando Gough (composer)
  • Lavinia Greenlaw (writer)
  • Netia Jones (director,designer, video designer)
  • Mary King (vocal consultant)
  • Stephen Langridge (director)
  • Penny MacKay (vocal consultant)

Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship 2009/10

Twelve Telephone Conversations with Frank O’Hara

Composer Larry Goves
Writer Matthew Welton

Concluded and ready for commission and production.

Seven Angels

Director John Fulljames
Composer Luke Bedford
Writer Glyn Maxwell

World premiere in 2011 at CBSO Centre in Birmingham before touring to Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton, Oxford, London and Latitude Festival Suffolk.

Star-Shaped Biscuit

Composer & writer David Toop

World premiere in 2012 in Derelict Building 9, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.

The Commission

Composer Elspeth Brooke
Writer Jack Underwood
Video Artist Ellie Rees

Presented and produced through a partnership between Snape Maltings, Royal Opera and Opera North.

World premiere in 2014 in the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk with further performances in Leeds and London.

Make No Noise!

Director Matthew Lutton
Composer Miroslav Srnka
Writer Tom Holloway

World premiere in 2011 in Pavillon 21 before touring to Munich and Amsterdam with further performances in Bregenz in 2016.

Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation 2007

Giorgio Batistelli (Artistic Director)


  • Byron Au Yong (composer)
  • Marius Baranauskas (composer)
  • Elspeth Brooke (composer)
  • Marketa Dvorakova (composer)
  • Matthew Hollis (writer)
  • Jenny Jackson (composer)
  • Marcy Kahan (writer)
  • Ninaz Khodajii (writer)
  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz (writer)
  • Jonathan Lloyd (composer)
  • Carola Luther (writer)
  • Matthew Lutton (theatre-maker)
  • Sjaron Minailo (director)
  • Gary Owen (writer)
  • Evangelia Rigaki (composer)
  • Raminta Serksnyte (composer)
  • Bijan Sheibani (director)
  • Miroslav Srnka (composer)
  • David Toop (composer)
  • Jack Underwood (writer)


  • Richard Ayres (composer)
  • Sheila Barnes (vocal consultant)
  • Harrison Birtwistle (composer)
  • Ian Burton (dramaturg)
  • Alison Chitty (designer)
  • Lavinia Greenlaw (writer)
  • Mary King (vocal consultant)
  • Stephen Langeridge (director)
  • Arnoud Noordegraaf (composer)
  • Meredith Oakes (playwright)
  • Stephen Plaice (writer)
  • David Sawer (composer)
  • Alvise Vidolin (electronics)