ENO Search for the Next Big Opera Composer

Ever fancied penning your own opera? Think you can follow in the footsteps of Verdi and Puccini? The English National Opera are now giving you the chance to flex your composing muscles with their recently-launched Soundtrack Competition.

Last month the ENO held their 'Script Competiton' which called for people to write the script for a 5-7 minute opera, and now they're inviting aspiring composers to write the music for the winning entries.

Composers are invited to write anything they like, using any sounds they like. In July the best tracks will go through to the next round, and used as the seeds that the ENO will ask people to make a film for in the next competition.

The Soundtrack Competition is part of ENO's Mini Operas contest, which seeks to find the finest new writers, music makers and film makers. At the end of the competition three lucky people will be invited to participate in a new mentoring scheme with Jeremy Sams, Nico Muhly or Leo Warner.

The Soundtrack Competition is open from now until 23rd July. If you'd like some inspiration then the ENO have invited three talented composers to record their own music using the winning scripts. For more information go to the ENO website.