Snow: The Opera

Read the 4 * review in The Observer here.

It was a privilege to write the libretto for the first production by innovative London-based opera company The Opera Story.  Snow is a three-act opera inspired by the story of Snow White that most of us know, but told from a fresh, and darker, perspective. To do this, we looked into the tales people were telling to their own children and grandchildren many centuries before the Snow White we know was invented. We explored the timelessness of folk stories and the recurring themes and myths that connect our lived experience with history and the history to come. Each story became an act in the opera, to which three different composers have given their own musical language.  Snow premiered in London in February 2017.

Visit the blog for updates from the team on how this and more new work is coming into being.

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Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). A collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse, After Economy, was published by Shearsman Books in May 2017. She is interested in expanding dialogues through writing across languages, perspectives and cultures and in multimodal and cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre. Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for a new opera, Snow, was Writer-in-Residence for the British Art Show 8 in Edinburgh and plays in the poetry and music band Hail of Bright Stones (

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