More Words For Music

2022 – Lalla-Roukh by Félicien David, rhymed narration to replace spoken word scenes by Michel Carré and Hyppolyte Lucas

Performed by Lorcan Cranitch

Directed by Orpha Phelan

Commissioned and first performed by Wexford Festival Opera

2021 – La vie parisienne by Jacques Offenbach, dialogue revisions of the libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Commissioned and first performed by Schlossgartenfestspiele Neustrelitz

2016 – Totally Fluxed – lyrics for music by Stuart Matthew Price
Performed by a big scary Jack in the Box, just when you least expected it.
For Chambers of Flavour V.2, an adventure by Gingerline

2015 – Orontea – libretto translation for surtitles of the opera by Antonio Cesti and Giacinto Andrea Cicognini
Commissioned and first performed by La Nuova Musica at the Wigmore Hall
“The surtitles, pitched somewhere between Carry On film and Restoration bawdry, occasionally went over the top. Good, dirty fun, though, and a real treat.” The Guardian
“Timothy Knapman provded a surtitled translation rather too liberal with vulgar doubles entendres, but no harm done.” The Daily Telegraph


2015 – The Electrictionary – opera libretto for music by Alexis Bennett, with an introduction by Alex Horne
Performed by the Early Music Experiment and Guests as part of the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival at Kings Place, London

2014 – Downstream Technology song for BP – text set to the music of The Major-General’s Song by WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan 
Performed by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, produced and arranged by Barnaby Robson

2014 – Don’t Be Afraid – text for an Easter anthem for music by Joanne Casey

2011 – A Light in the Darkness – text for a Christmas anthem for music by Joanne Casey

2009 – Bel Canto – book for a musical revue, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2009 – We Can Always Move – poem for the Early Music Experiment

2008 – The Night Knight – libretto for a madrigal comedy with music by Scott Gendel
Commissioned by the University of Madison-Wisconsin

2007 – Poem Celebrating the 21 st birthday of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Performed by Simon Callow at the Royal Festival Hall

2007 – Cantari Dignus – text for music by John Bate
Commissioned by Kingston Festival of the Voice, first performed in Kingston Parish Church by the Thames Philharmonic Choir