Intimately Uninvolved: Notes of a Librettist

Vastation When it gets to curtain up, The Librettist is intimately uninvolved in the opera she has co-written. She is aware that, some time in the past, if her fingers had struck a different arrangement of keys, then what is about to happen would be other. That this character is already on stage – that […]

Hanging with the Dead Boys

  ‘Neil Gaiman has given me permission to write Death.’ About nine months ago, I found myself whispering this sentence to a comics’ fan. It was an attempt to impress them. They were impressed. I was impressed. I was also scared. Although I wasn’t really supposed to tell anyone, I had been given the extraordinary […]

Samy Moussa

Samy Moussa is the amazing Canadian composer I’ve been working with on an opera for the Münchener Biennale 2014. In English, the opera is called Vastation; in German, it’s Wüstung. There’s a little information (in German) about it on the Biennale website. This has been a really unusual collaboration for me, certainly compared to that […]