Rebecca Hurst
Writer, opera maker, workshop facilitator

Rebecca Hurst writes poetry and libretti, and researches Soviet fairy tales. Her work has appeared in PN Review, Agenda, Aesthetica, Antiphon, The Clearing, Cricket, The Wild Hunt, and Magma Poetry. Rebecca has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester--where she currently teaches in the Centre for New Writing--an MA from the University of Sussex, and a BA in Russian & History from Smith College in Massachusetts. She has exhibited and performed with the Four Quarters, a collaborative art project based in the Sussex Weald, and is a cofounder of the ACE-funded choral theatre company, Voicings. Her illustration work, including graphic poetry, can be found here.
Voicings Collective, Rough for Opera, October 2017

Opera Making

In 2014-15, Rebecca was a visiting student on the MA in Opera Making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, working with the composer Oliver Christophe Leith. Their chamber opera, Isabella, premiered on 8 July 2015, with subsequent performances at the Royal Opera House (London) and the Liszt Academy (Budapest).
Other staged works include Tatort: Märchenland (2015), a fairy-tale detective story co-written with Stephen Plaice for the Munich Radio Orchestra, and After the Fall (2017), a chamber opera written with the composer Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson.
Robin Hood: an Opera in Three Courses, co-written with Zoe Palmer and in collaboration with the composer Dani Howard, premiered in London on 27 February 2019. Forthcoming: choral works with Michael Betteridge for the Sunday Boys and Meraki Choir (19/26 July 2020), and with Lucy Armstrong for the Salford Choral Society (14 November 2020).
Rebecca is a founder member of the Voicings Collective: an Arts Council England funded ensemble creating exploratory choral theatre.

Workshops & Residencies

A workshop facilitator since 2002, Rebecca has taught adults and young people, working in partnership with schools, museums and universities, as well as within the wider community. She lectures and leads workshops on writing, fairy tales and folklore, and the art of creative collaboration. Rebecca currently teaches undergraduate poetry workshops at the University of Manchester, and is external examiner on the Guildhall College of Music and Drama's MA in Opera Making.

Contact Rebecca

07729 628427

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