April de Angelis

Librettist

Acclaimed English dramatist April de Angelis is the librettist for the opera Flight, composed by Jonathan Dove, which receives its Canadian première at Pacific Opera Victoria in 2020.

Flight was commissioned by Glyndebourne Opera, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera premiered the work in 1998. It received its professional mainstage premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in a 1999 production by Richard Jones and was revived at Glyndebourne in August 2005. De Angelis took part of the inspiration for the plot from the true-life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, for several years, unable to exit the airport terminal.

In addition to writing the libretto for Flight, she has created libretti for Pig (1992), Greed (1993), and The Day After (2017, at the ENO), also with Jonathan Dove, as well as The Silent Twins, with music by Errollyn Wallen, (Almeida Theatre, 2007).

De Angelis’ first work in 1986 was Breathless, joint winner of the Second Wave Women’s Writing Festival. Her subsequent theatre work includes My Brilliant Friend, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); After Electra (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); Rune (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); Gastronauts (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); Jumpy (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A Warwickshire Testimony (RSC, 1999); The Positive Hour (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); Playhouse CreatursS (revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). Her new adaptation of Frankenstein opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in Spring 2018.

April’s work for radio includes a 2014 adaptation of Life in the Tomb for BBC Radio 3; a serialisation of Peyton Place; Visitants for BBC Radio 4; and The Outlander for Radio 5, which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992.
Her TV work includes a BFI / Channel 4 commission, Aristophanes – The Gods are Laughing.

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