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Rose Hall opera premiered in London

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PhD composer Rose Miranda Hall and Lila Palmer have been chosen by the Helios Collective for Formations 2016 where three brand new operas (Dead Equal by Rose Hall, For the Love of Thorstein Shiver by Alex Paxton and The Yellow Wallpaper by Grace-Evangeline Mason) will be workshopped and performed in London in November. Following the success of Formations 2015, where three new operas were developed over a period of two weeks, Formations returns this year hosted by English National Opera and Kings College London with Masterclasses of the three operas run by Janis Kelly, Mark Wigglesworth, Jonathan Moore, David Poutney and Judith Weir with the final performance at ENO, Lillian Bayliss House 25th November. MA Student Caolan Keaveny has been chosen to co-direct the opera with Helena Jackson and joined the Dead Equal team in September.

Read more about Dead Equal and the Helios Collective in the latest blog post from conductor Noah Mosley https://helioscollectiveblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/dead-equal-formations-2016/ 

Dead Equal

Composer – Rose Miranda Hall

Book & Lyrics – Lila Palmer

Directors – Helena Jackson & Caolan Keaveny 

‘Special Treatment.’ ‘Falling standards.’ ‘Rising casualties.’ In 2016, a chorus of critical voices lamented the entry of British Servicewomen into full combat roles in the Army. But in 1916, one British woman was already fighting on the Allied frontline. Flora Sandes became a public heroine. A century later, her successors go operational. 

Through the stories of three women, real and imagined, Dead Equal celebrates the courage and sacrifice of women in theatres of war, probing the cost and meaning of service; the influence of social structures, and the disruptive power of a female identity forged in blood and sweat

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