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Fairy Queen
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Waterperry Opera Festival © Greg Viet

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 Latest News

Creative Director, BBC Open Music Prom

I have been appointed Creative Director for this season's 'Open Music Prom'. I'm going to be working alongside conductor Kwamé Ryan and 30 artists from across the country to create a unique evening of technology-infused storytelling.

Develop Your Creative Practice Grant 

I am super excited to be able to say I’ve been awarded a DYCP grant by Arts Council England. Over the coming months I am going to be using this 'cultural recovery time' to explore how my practice can be expanded into Virtual Reality — learning to create interactive magic realist “opera” experiences for social good. 

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Opera Hack 2.0

I am celebrating finishing San Deiago Opera Hack 2.0 — a month long programme to discover new ways for technology to be used within opera.

Creative technologists, immersive artists, opera makers, games makers, VR artists all came together to share perspectives, knowledge and generate ideas, with the aim of funding a prototype for a project.

Grant for Research into Immersive Healing Ritual

I am (yet again) grateful to Arts Council England for a grant to research initial research phase of a project which will fuse together light, music and participatory singing. Exploring the relationship between sound healing, community singing and Pauline Oliveros' approach to 'deep listening', this work will form a mediative journey which invokes the collective imagination to create an immersive healing ritual post Covid-19. 

Teaching Opera Creation at The Royal Academy of Music

From September 2019, I will be teaching Opera Creation at The Royal academy of Music, mentoring Masters and PhD composers and librettists as they create short operatic works over the coming year. 

Presenting at Matera European Capital of Culture

In March, I heads to Matera to present 'A Shoe Full of Stars' at the RESEO training week 'Get Close to Opera,' in partnership with Opera Circus and L'Albero.  

Interview on Music Matters, Radio 3

On Saturday 22nd September 2019 I will appear on Music Matters, talking with Sarah Dacey about the objects which inspired our opera Liquid History which brings The Thames to life. 

'A Shoe Full of Stars' on Channel 4 News

 A Shoe Full of Stars', a comic opera about 'umm... terrorism actually' has made national news! Appearing on breakfast news on ITV and on a 5 minute feature on channel 4, with footage taken from rehearsals. Catch it here.

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I will soon be able to announce two special projects created over lockdown — a new libretto on a topic very close to my heart, (premiering Spring 2022), and a new digital 'flagship' project written & directed for English National Opera (Autumn 2021). 

Please check back in a couple of months when I will be able to announce the full details. 

Also feel free to browse the graveyard of mainly postponed or cancelled projects that I don't have the heart to delete yet... 

The Monster in the Maze, The Grange Festival

July 16, 2020

Assistant Director

Thomas Guthrie's production of The Monster in the Maze is now postponed until 2021. 

National Opera Studio, 12:42

May 16, 2020


During lockdown Ruth is working remotely as a dramaturg at The National Opera Studio's 12:42 program, leading the creation of arias by artistic teams from Columbia and South Korea, recorded by film maker Alistair Kitchen. 

Indus, Gestalt Arts

August 19, 2020


Development work at Snape Maltings is postponed. Gestalt Arts will be creating an online version of their project 'Indus' with Together 20212! Festival as part of Disability History month 2020. 

Spin a Tale, Constella Opera Ballet

May 10, 2020


Spin a Tale, commissioned by BEAM as part of Darley Abbey Day 2020 is now postponed until 2021.

Nixon in China, Staatsoper Hannover

April 05, 2020

Assistant Director

Ruth's work assisting Daniel Kramer is postponed until 2022.

The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me, English Touring Opera

March 09, 2020


Ruth's SEND opera The Extraordinary Adventures of You and me was due to be touring across the UK March - July in venues including York Theatre Royal, Snape Maltings and Luxembourg Philharmonie. We manage to make the first four performances before the season is cancelled due to Covid-19! 

Philip Venables 'The Big History of Little England'

March 15, 2020


Working with Mahogany opera Group and Rosehill Theatre, Ruth brought three schools together for a large-scale performance of Phil Venables and Ted Huffman's The Big History of Little England. We got to the last week of rehearsals before the production was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

La Bohème, Opera Dots, The Royal Opera House

January 06, 2020


Ruth's interactive adaptation of La Bohème for babies is performed as part of The Royal Opera House's Opera Dots program. 

Fairy Queen, Waterperry Opera Festival

July 24, 2019


Ruth's production of Purcell's Fairy Queen directed by William Cole runs at Waterperry Opera Festival 25th July - 29th July 2019. 

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