Hazel Gould
Hazel Gould

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Hazel Gould is a writer, director and workshop leader who specialises in the creation of new opera. At the core of all of Hazel’s work is her belief that art has the power to change and enhance lives. Her work as a librettist and director is based on collaborative practice, and she creates work both with and for a diverse range of professional and non-professional artists and participants.

Over the last decade Hazel has become increasingly known as a librettist, writing new pieces for and with a wide range of performers. Both We are Shadows (Comp. John Barber, Spitalfields Festival) and Seven Seeds (Comp. John Barber, Tri-borough music hub), received the Royal Philharmonic Society award for learning and participation.

2020/21 will see new works premiered by Glyndebourne, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dartington Festival, Gothenburg Opera and The OAE.

Hazel trained at Manchester University and Central School of Speech and Drama. During the early years of her career she worked as an assistant director and workshop facilitator at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh and Opera North amongst others. Her work in learning and participation is broad and wide ranging, and she has worked with thousands of diverse participants to explore and create art over a 20 year career.