Jonathan Dove

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Jonathan Dove
Born (1959-07-18) July 18, 1959 (age 57)
London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Opera, classical
Occupation(s) Composer

Jonathan Dove (born 18 July 1959) is an English composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music. He has arranged a number of operas for English Touring Opera and the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now Birmingham Opera Company), including in 1990 an 18-player two-evening adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for CBTO. He was Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival from 2001 to 2006.

Dove was born in London; both his parents were architects. He studied music at the University of Cambridge, under Robin Holloway, and afterwards worked as a freelance arranger and accompanist until 1987, when he was employed by Glyndebourne Opera.[1]

Recent and current work[edit]

Selected works[edit]

Swanhunter, premiered in 2009, at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH) in April 2015


  • Hastings Spring (community opera) (1990)
  • Pig (chamber opera) (1992)
  • Siren Song (1994)
  • Flight (1998)
  • Tobias and the Angel (church opera), to a libretto by David Lan (1999)
  • The Palace in the Sky (community opera) (2000)
  • L'altra Euridice (2002)
  • When She Died... (Death of a Princess) (television opera, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales) (2002)
  • Man on the Moon (television opera, about Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon, and the effects the experience had on him and his marriage) (2006)
  • Hear Our Voice (community opera) in partnership with Matthew King (2006), libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (2007)
  • Mansfield Park (2011)
  • Life is a Dream (2012)
  • The Day After (2015)
  • The Monster in the Maze[2]

Other works

  • The Passing of the Year (song cycle for double chorus and piano) (2000) 20th-century
  • The Magic Flute Dances (flute concerto) (2000)
  • Stargazer (a trombone concerto written for Ian Bousfield)
  • Köthener Messe, for choir and chamber ensemble
  • Out of Winter (song-cycle)
  • Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars
  • His Dark Materials Part I & II (incidental music) (2003)
  • On Spital Fields (community cantata) (2005)
  • Hojoki - "An Account of my Hut" (Counter-Tenor and Orchestra)
  • I am the day (Religious - SATB)
  • Missa Brevis
  • Ecce Beatam Lucem (composed for Ralph Allwood and the 1997 Eton Choral Course[3])
  • There Was a Child (oratorio for soprano, tenor, chorus, and children's choirs) (2009)


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