Call for Composer

June 9, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

GöteborgsOperan and Share Music began collaborating in 2014. We are now looking for a composer who will play a central role in developing our work together over the next 2 years.
Our vision
We want to engage a professional team who, under the leadership of director Stephen Langridge, will create a new opera or music theatre work for an integrated cast. We plan to commission a work of approximately 1-hour for a mixed ensemble of singers and musicians from GöteborgsOperan and Share Music. We anticipate working with approximately 16 performers in total. Please watch a short video of Stephen Langridge presenting the artistic starting point for the project here:

Why we’re collaborating
We enjoy working creatively across boundaries. We enjoy working with a mix of art-forms (entirely natural to opera) and with a mix of people with different levels of experience, different abilities and ways of expressing themselves. This work isn’t just enriching for the people who take part. We think it’s exciting and important in terms of our art-forms, artists, audiences and how these develop.
The process
In 2015, we’re running a number of courses together, focusing largely on creating new work through artistic collaborative processes. The aim is to explore the relationship between text, voice and theatre, involving and reaching out to different groups of people. In 2016 we’ll run workshop with the ensemble, to generate material that contributes to the creation of the new work.
The composer we’re looking for…
Has a strong artistic identity and enjoys working with artistic input from other people
Wants to collaborate as part of an artistic team
Is interested in creating work that uses and explores the voice
Is interested in the expressive possibilities of a range of people
Has a sense of humour and appetite for creative adventure
Commission fees would be in line with standard Swedish commissioning rates (see We will also cover travel and accommodation costs.
How to apply
Please send us:
One piece of music that represents your work, either online via a link or as PDF & mp3 files (you are welcome to send us links to further pieces of music, if you wish)
Your CV and a list of works
A letter, maximum one side of A4, outlining why you would like to work on this project and how you would incorporate collaboration within your composition process
A short video (max 90 seconds) in which you respond to Stephen’s presentation of the project, explaining how you would respond to and shape this idea as a composer
NB You don’t need to use any special equipment; a regular mobile phone camera or computer camera is fine. Post your video online and send us the link. Examples of sites where you can easily upload a video:,,
Send your application to, deadline 15 June 2015.
Outline schedule
2015 Nov – Dec Recruitment of Share Music members of ensemble
2016 Jan – April Opportunity for workshops with the full cast during the composition process
Summer Rehearsals begin
Nov-Dec Further rehearsals
2017 Early spring Final rehearsals and première
This project is subject to funding.
Contact / more information
For more information or an informal conversation, feel free to contact Hannah Griffiths or Sophia Alexandersson
More about us

GöteborgsOperan is an arts organisation that stages opera, musicals, concerts, dance and a busy programme of artistic projects with a focus on participation and learning. We create new work and co-produce work with international partners. We have a resident ensemble of soloists, a professional opera chorus and orchestra, plus a modern dance company. We have stages in Gothenburg and Skövde in western Sweden and often co-produce work with international partners. The collaboration with Share Music is part of GöteborgsOperan’s opera/drama programme.