Elena Langer is writing a new work for our talented youth ensemble, Britten Sinfonia Academy to be premiered in our At Lunch series in July 2017. This will be the second work by Elena commissioned by Britten Sinfonia following the orchestra’s UK premiere tour in April of Story of an Impossible Love. You can read the reviews from these performances here. Elena spoke to Britten Sinfonia about her new work, and working with Britten Sinfonia Academy – read more here.
Elena is a Russian-born British composer. She studied piano and composition at the Moscow Conservatoire and in 1999 she moved to London and studied composition at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Her opera The Lion’s Face, written with Glyn Maxwell, toured England and Wales, including performances at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her one-act comic opera Four Sisters, commissioned by Dawn Upshaw, was staged at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in upstate New York. Other operatic and chamber works have been performed at Zurich Opera, Almeida Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Shakespeare’s Globe in London and Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre.
Langer’s new opera Figaro Gets a Divorce to a libretto by David Pountney commissioned by Welsh National Opera was premiered in Cardiff in February 2016 and subsequently toured around the UK. In 2017 it will be performed at Grand Théâtre de Genève and toured in Poland and Italy. In February of 2016 a CD with Langer’s vocal works, Landscape with three People, was released by Harmonia Mundi USA. Future commissions include a new chamber opera for Hong Kong and orchestration of a children’s opera by Cesar Cui Little Red Ridinghood for Grand Théâtre de Genève.