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MAMZER/BASTARD, by Na'ama Zisser at Royal Opera House / Hackney Empire 2018 Image credit: Stephen Cummiskey

Na'ama Zisser

Na’ama Zisser is a London-based Israeli composer.

Her work is visually driven and often collaborative with other art forms, with a focus on opera, contemporary dance, installations, staged performances, and instrumental music.

Her music is concerned with intonation, textures, repetition, and nostalgia. Na’ama has had commissions from arts organisations globally, and her works have been performed across Europe, America and Israel, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and NTS. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council England and PRS Foundation. Between 2015-2019 Na’ama was doctoral composer-in-residence with the Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she composed MAMZER/BASTARD, the first opera to reference and feature Orthodox-Jewish Cantorial music with a role written for a Cantor.

The Live Work fund will support her research and development towards devising new operatic work, with a focus on finding sustainable models that can adapt in a dynamic way to the changing environments of Covid-19, and that invest in the collaborative relationships around the composer from the outset, working from the inside out.

Na'ama Zisser