Photograph by Sebastian PennarSophie Rashbrook is a writer, librettist and dramaturg currently studying on the Guildhall Operamakers MA, supported by a scholarship and mentored by Stephen Plaice. In addition to writing the libretto for Grace, a new opera based on the 1916 Easter Risings with composer Maeve McCarthy, she is creating a new play inspired by the late set designer and Kindertransportee, Ralph Koltai, as well as song texts for performance at the Wigmore Hall in May. Formerly Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera, she holds degrees in Russian and French from Cambridge University, and spent a year playing ‘cello at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. She is currently co-writing scripts for performance by WNO and the Garsington Alvarez Young Artists Programme. As a producer, editor and opera expert, her clients include: the Royal Opera House, Longborough Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Dorling Kindersley, Garsington Opera, WNO, and Askonas Holt.