Student Lauren Connolly wins Birmingham Opera Company Prize

BA (Hons) Theatre Design student Lauren Connolly has been awarded the Birmingham Opera Prize after responding to a brief based on the opera Dido and Aeneas.

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Lauren Connolly says the project has been "such an invaluable experience for us all"
The project has been such an invaluable experience for us all, but to win is just amazing.

Lauren Connolly

BA (Hons) Theatre Design student Lauren Connolly has been awarded the Birmingham Opera Prize.

This annual prize has been established as a result of the long-standing collaboration between BA (Hons) Theatre Design final year students and opera director Richard Willacy of Birmingham Opera Company.

Andrea Moneta, course leader for the BA (Hons) Theatre Design course, explained this year's competition brief. "The students were required to create a site-sensitive promenade production of Dido and Aeneas that offered an immersive experience mirroring the approach of Birmingham Opera Company."

"Reimagining the opera for a contemporary audience, as well as choosing and responding to a found space, proved a huge challenge to those who chose the project. However, they have all responded to this with verve, imagination and dedication, resulting in some exciting designs that explore a wide range of pertinent political and social themes."

Richard said: "Once again, it has been great to offer the Birmingham Opera Company prize. The challenge of this year's project was to take a piece from the 1680s – Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas – and create a world resonant for a 21st Century audience."

Lauren won the unique opportunity to gain industry experience as an Assistant Designer on Birmingham Opera Company next production.

Lauren said: "The project has been such an invaluable experience for us all, but to win is just amazing. It was a really challenging brief and I've learnt so much from it, and I can't wait to start working with Birmingham Opera Company."

"I've loved my time at NTU, and living in Nottingham. There's so much to get involved with on the course and you get so many opportunities to develop your professional portfolio. The tutors and technicians in particular have been a great support during my three years."

Student Lauren Connolly wins Birmingham Opera Company Prize

Published on 24 June 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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