Laura Reid: Imaginary Opera
Laura Reid is a composer and writes music that fuses instrumental, acoustic and pre-recorded sounds. She also founded 'Imaginary Opera' during lockdown, to create new work, and collaborate on a project with writer, Christine Aziz, actress and singer, Sèverine Howell-Meri, violinist, Fenella Humphreys, animator and designer, Martha King and consultant producer, Angharad Cooper.
"I enjoy writing music that amplify voices from the margins, and engage with contemporary issues and society. I compose music for a variety of instruments and voices, and enjoy mixing sounds and voices such as interviews and sound bytes. I am currently working on a project called 'Song of Isis, Goddess of Love', a digital opera re-telling the ancient myth of the goddess Isis, within a contemporary world. The project has enabled me to collaborate with a range of creatives at a time when working together has been difficult.
The pandemic made us consider how we connect with diverse audiences, and how we connect as artists. We've been thinking about different ways to make the digital experience relevant, and how to engage with communities offline as well as online. We have also been working with Tête à Tête the Opera festival 2020 to put on a digital broadcast which was recorded at The Cockpit Theatre during September 2020. It will be available for 28 days after the release. Tickets are available from £1 to watch online from https://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/event/song-of-isis-goddess-of-love"
You can see more of Laura's work on her website and at https://imaginaryopera.wordpress.com.
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