A dramatist working in opera and theatre, Stephen is one of Britain's leading librettists and book writers for musical theatre. He is currently tenured as Writer-in-Residence at GSMD where he was appointed Professor of Dramatic Writing in 2018. His opera work has been performed throughout Europe and he has collaborated with many leading composers, including Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Zev Gordon and Orlando Gough. In 2020 his version of Offenbach's operetta Mesdames de la Halle entitled In the Market for Love was produced in the gardens of Glyndebourne as covid restrictions were lifted for the summer. It moved into the theatre in the autumn and ran for over 20 performances before the opera-house was locked down again. The production is documented in Karl Dixon's film No Ordinary Summer (Sky Arts). Stephen is currently working with the composer Julian Philips on Henny Penny, a multi-lingual opera for children which combines the teaching of music and the learning of a foreign language. The project, which is also being produced as an animated film, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
For Mahogany Opera: Counting Sheep.