Composer Na’ama Zisser makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season with the new opera Mamzer Bastard, the culmination of her doctoral residency with The Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her work is often collaborative with other art forms, with a focus on opera, contemporary dance, staged performances and instrumental music.
Zisser grew up in Israel and studied at the Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage, where she graduated with distinction and received the Hurlstone & Cobbett prize for outstanding creative achievement. She has been commissioned by and worked with such ensembles as London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Tête à Tête, CHROMA Ensemble, Grimeborn, Dance UK, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players and Israel Camerata. She has held residencies with Sound and Music and East London Dance emerging artists programmes, Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme and London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub.
Zisser’s work has been supported by the Arts Council and PRS, and performed in venues including South Bank Centre, Kings Place, Barbican, Snape Maltings, the Roundhouse, the National Portrait Gallery, Sadler’s Wells and LSO St Luke’s, as well as on BBC Radio 3 and online radio station NTS.
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