Lila Palmer is a librettist and mezzo-soprano holding degrees in History, Vocal Performance and Opera Making from Cambridge, NEC & the GSMD respectively.

She is an alumnus of ENO’s Operaworks & a fellow of the GSMD and was an artist of Tapestry Opera Toronto’s LIBLAB2018 intensive. She is a current artist-in-residence with American Lyric Theater, NYC. Lila has an active practice in creating story events for museum interpretation.

Recent and upcoming opera commissions include These Wondering Streets (Barbican Centre, May 2019); Dead Equal (Army@The Fringe, August 2019); Herlife Frauenliebe (IAMIAMIAM Collective, September 2019); Julie D’Aubigny (an opera film for New Camerata Opera, shooting 2020); an operatic collaboration with Aleksandra Vrebalov (2021 ALT) and a children’s cantata for the Liverpool Philharmonic (2020). Previous chamber opera and theatre commissions include Harbour (2015); Two-Step (2016); Sunshine Girl (2017); Changing Stations (2017); Heard (2017); The Jewel Merchants (2017); The Reckoning (2018); Bloodlines (2018); and Scraww (2018). As a writer and dramaturg she has worked with organizations including Helios Collective, Wigmore Hall, Boston Opera Collaborative, workshOpera, Roman River Festival, Bethlem Gallery, The Museum LG London, NCO, Trebah Gardens, Arts for Change & The Sounding Board. She was a co-founder and vocal soloist of Four Corners Assembly, an international contemporary music ensemble.

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