Few contemporary composers have such universal appeal or have done more to further the cause of modern opera than English composer Jonathan Dove. His comic operatic masterpiece Flight, commissioned by Glyndebourne in 1998 with a libretto by April De Angelis, was described as “the Figaro of our time” by Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times and has gone on to become one of the most performed contemporary operas of the past two decades. Flight makes its Canadian première in 2020 in a new production directed by Morris Panych, designed by Ken MacDonald, and produced by Pacific Opera Victoria.
Dove has written almost thirty operatic works. His continued enthusiasm, talent and energy for working with children, young people and communities to create engaging works has led to commissions from choirs, orchestras and opera companies around the world. His latest community opera with librettist Alasdair Middleton, The Monster in the Maze (2015), was commissioned by Sir Simon Rattle, Simon Halsey and the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Aix-en-Provence Festival, and further productions have engaged communities across the globe.
This summer sees a revival of Dove’s comic opera Mansfield Park at Waterperry Opera Festival in Oxfordshire, described as a “total joy, by turns laugh-out-loud funny and shed-a-tear sad”. A new choral work titled We Are One Fire premiered at the BBC Proms on August 19, 2019, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
In July 2019, Mr. Dove received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music.