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there is blood on the wind...

On the edge of a dark forest, grief and puberty are having their way with teenage Arthur. Heartbroken over the loss of his dog and enraged at his parents’ attempt to sugarcoat her death, Arthur runs away into the woods. Meanwhile in the forest, a young bear cub struggles to comprehend a terrible loss of its own.


Amidst the shadowy trees, where anything and everything is possible, the two must come to terms with their shifting sense of self, and a harrowing decision must be made - as Arthur’s mothers get closer to finding them...

URSA MINOR is my second opera, created in collaboration with librettist Alexia Peniguel, and developed as part of the MA Opera Making and Writing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in association with the Royal Opera House.

Written over the course of 2023-24, URSA MINOR is a psychological horror, dealing with themes of grief and puberty, family expectations and transformations, and the bittersweet promise of adulthood.

URSA MINOR premieres at Milton Court Studio Theatre on June 20-21, 24-25 - you can reserve tickets here.

More information about the opera is forthcoming...


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Developed as part of the MA Opera Making and Writing Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Premiere: June 20-25 2024, 19:00
Milton Court Studio Theatre, London (UK)

Tickets available - click here

Composer: Zygmund de Somogyi
Libretto: Alexia Peniguel

Director: Ashley Dean

Conductor: Dominic Wheeler
Designer: Louie Whitemore
Lighting: Josie Ireland


CALLIE - Biqing Zhang
DIANA - Karima El Demerdash
ARTHUR - Sang Eup Son
Tom McGowan

Repetiteur - Meghan Rhoades

World premiere on 20-25 June 2024 at Milton Court Studio Theatre, London.

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Interested in performing this opera or perusing a score? Get in touch!

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