12:40 | National Opera Studio in Partnership with Second Movement |


twelve new arias for twelve young artists

National Opera Studio

in partnership with

Second Movement

in association with Librettists’ Network

Hoxton Hall

14th and 15th June 2018

twelve brand new arias, forty creative artists, one production, three performances

In a landmark project, the National Opera Studio has commissioned twelve new arias, for each its twelve young artists, from some of the most exciting composers and librettists working today.

Each of the arias has been composed especially for the singer, who has been involved in the creative process since the outset.  The arias are designed to demonstrate the individuality of each singer’s vocal talents, and will be used in their audition repertoire for years to come.

These arias will be brought together into one showcase production at Hoxton Hall, in the heart of London’s bustling contemporary arts scene, directed by David Sulkin OBE with a specially constructed sound design by Alex Groves.

This production will showcase the work of British contemporary fashion designer Margaret Howell, who has generously donated all the clothes worn by the singers and répétiteurs.


‘I lace my boots’ from SCRUM: A method for restarting Play by Na’ama Zisser and Samantha Newton

‘The Undeniable Loneliness of Whale Evolution’ from Indus by Cameron Dodds and Ruth Mariner

‘Sole nell’ ombra’ from T.B.C. by Tom Randle and Bechara Moufarrej 

‘Rosina’ from Fallout by Bushra El Turk and Cordelia Lynn

‘Alice’ from an opera as yet untitled by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman

‘Howell’s Decision’ from Keeping the Light by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge

‘Hiraeth’ from Hiraeth by Hannah Kendall and Tessa McWatt

‘Nobody Cries’ from Salvage by Benjamin Tassie and Jacqueline Saphra

‘The Handbag Aria’ from Loitadora (“Fighter”) by Samantha Fernando and Rebecca Hurst

‘The Frog Prince’ from Alchemy by Sally Beamish and Peter Thomson

‘Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Mengirimkan Pesan Kepada Raja Muda’ (“The People’s Council Sends a Message to the Viceroy”) from Bagaimana Sang Insinyur Agung Minus Teh Bersama Sultan, Dan Apa Yang Terdengar Oleh Bayangan Mereka Yang Memanjang (“ How The Great Engineer Took Tea With The Sultan, And What Their Lengthening Shadows Heard”) by Christian Mason and Oge Nwosu

‘Where No Bell Tolls’ from The Barefoot Dancer & The Demon of the Belfry by Rosabella Gregory and Dina Soraya Gregory

Pre-performance talk

On Friday 15 June (6.30pm), there will be a pre-performance talk with composer Bushra El-Turk, librettists Cordelia Lynn and Oge Nwosu, Abigail Toland (co-founder Second Movement) and David Sulkin OBE (director).

Dates and Times

14th June 2018 20:00

15th June 2018 14:30 and 20:00

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton Street

N1 6SH

020 7684 0060

box office and further info


This production forms part of the National Opera Studio’s 40th Anniversary celebrations

12 : 40 is generously supported by the Nicholas John Trust