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Call for composer

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Call for composer 2015

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:

  1. 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)
  2. Your CV and a list of works
  3. 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
  4. 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.

ShareMusic & Performing Arts is an arts organisation that produces cutting-edge performances and courses. We create new work under the leadership of professional artists, working both nationally and internationally. The fundamental idea is to work towards a society where all human beings should have the opportunity to express themselves as artists in a world where difference is seen as valuable. Share Music has previously commissioned work drawing on collaborative artistic processes, for example with composers Christian Lindberg, Nigel Osborne and Patricia Alessandrini.

Share Music’s previous commissions

Commission #1  |  Dawn at Galamanta

Dawn at Galamanta brought together the internationally renowned trombonist, composer and conductor Christian Lindberg, the Swedish Wind Ensemble and the choreographer Helene Karabuda. The original work was first presented in Stockholm’s Central Station in 2009 to a large audience and to a great acclaim, justifying the Ability Media International award ShareMusic & Performing Arts received in London 2010. Dawn at Galamanta was the centerpiece at the 50th anniversary of City of London Festival in 2012 and was also a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The performance took place in Guildhall Great Hall, London and was reviewed in the London Times.
Watch a clip from the London performance here.
Read more about Dawn at Galamanta.

Commission #2  |  Hi-Hat Xpres

Hi-Hat Xpres is Share Music’s second commission piece in collaboration with the distinguished composer Nigel Osborne, the percussion ensemble Kroumata, the dance company SPINN and the choreographer Veera Suvalo Grimberg. The performance shows the thrilling journey through different eras and countries tracing the development of the instrument Hi-Hat, from the alchemist through to Led Zeppelin. Hi-Hat Xpres has been touring around Sweden and was part of the City of Culture Derry-Londonderry 2013.
Watch the teaser for Hi-Hat Xpres 

Commission #3  |  Mondgewächse

Mondgewächse is a piece where traditional instruments meet arts technology. It is a collaboration between international renowned composer Patricia Alessandrini and ShareMusic & Performing Arts. The piece explores the transformation of the relationship between the performer and the instrument, based on an idea by Alessandrini. The piece was performed by ensemble Gageego! from Gothenburg and the In:fluence Ensemble from Share Music.The premiere took place in Gothenburg Concert Hall in 2014.
Follow the process in the Mondgewächse blog

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