Losing Her Voice

presented by Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Composer Elizabeth Kelly
Musical Director Calum Fraser
Artistic Director Martin Berry

Performed by professional soloists and musicians alongside University of Nottingham’s talented student musicians.

Lakeside is thrilled to premiere University of Nottingham Composer Elizabeth Kelly’s first opera. Losing Her Voice brings to life in music and film the story of the early 20th-century American opera diva Geraldine Farrar who became a silent film star and performed Carmen silently in an acclaimed 1915 Cecil B. Demille film. Alongside celebrating Farrar’s achievements, the opera explores ideas surrounding the cult of celebrity and the impact of social media.

The production experiments with interactive technologies and encourages audience engagement through a specially designed app. Audience interaction is encouraged and mobile devices are welcome.


The development of Losing Her Voice received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This project was developed in collaboration with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab and with support from a ‘Heritage and the Digital’ Research Priority Area Development grant and the British Academy.

2 hours inculding interval