Jonathan Dove

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Jonathan Dove (born 18 July 1959) is an English composer (born in London) 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 a famous 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.

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 (opera) (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 (opera) (2007)
  • Mansfield Park (opera) (2011)
  • Life is a Dream (opera) (2012)
  • The day after (opera 2015)

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[1])
  • There Was a Child (oratorio for soprano, tenor, chorus, and children's choirs) (2009)


  1. ^ "Programme notes for Ecce Beatam Lucem". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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