Photograph by Sebastian PennarSophie Rashbrook is a writer, librettist, dramaturg and surtitler currently studying on the Guildhall Operamakers MA, supported by a scholarship and mentored by Stephen Plaice. She will continue her association with Guildhall as a Junior Fellow in 2019/2020. 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, surtitler, and opera expert, her clients include: the Royal Opera House, Longborough Opera, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Cup, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dorling Kindersley, Warner Classics and Askonas Holt. Recent teaching engagements include a seminar on the ‘Writing about music’ module at the Royal College of Music.