Words for Music

Zoë is currently under commission to Carnegie Hall and Glyndebourne and is working on a development commission with The Royal Opera House and Leicester Curve.  Current productions include Hjertelyd, Den Jyske Opera- and Nooma a co-commission from Carnegie Hall, Minnnesota Opera and San Fransisco Opera. In 2018 she was a recipient of bursaries from The Opera Awards and The Nicholas John Trust and reached the semi-finals for Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s global commissioning competition ‘Fight For The Right.’  2018 also saw the world premier of Keepers of The Corallite – a song cycle for countertenor Iestyn Davies composed by Daniel Saleeb, commissioned by The Veronica Stewart Arts Trust.

Zoë worked with Spitalfields Music to conceive and create Musical Rumpus, an award-winning immersive opera series for children which toured the UK and Europe to venues including Elbphilharmonie, The Danish Grow Op Festival, The Sage Gateshead, Richmix  and The Royal Opera House.

Zoë is a visiting professor of creative writing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was fellow of creative writing (2016-17) and recently graduated with distinction from their MA in Opera-Making, generously supported by a Headley Scholarship. She holds an PG Cert in Creative Leadership (RCM), MSc in Human Ecology (University of Strathclyde) and BSc in Anthropology (UCL). She has studied privately with ex-National Theatre Dramaturg John Burgess.  Writing residencies include an ACE supported residency on the Thamesview Estate in Barking and two Summers at the performing arts lab in Fontainebleau, France.

As a presenter Zoë has worked on a number of series including: The TransAtlantic Slave Trade (Discovery), Treks in a Wild World – a 6-part series for National Geographic, Planet of the  Apes (Discovery) GlobetrekkerFierce Earth (CBBC).