Dart's Love was SUPERB! Best piece of work I've seen in my 3 years of attending @teteateteopera festival - a masterful 10 out of 10! OperaNorm@OperaNorm

Tamsin is a successful and experienced lyricist/librettist, with 5 works commissioned by English National Opera, 2 by The Royal Opera House, 3 by Tête á Tête Contemporary Opera Festival.   She has also written a couple of site-specific pieces for Orlando Gough's virtuouso choral group The Shout: 'Stand', which premiered in Trafalgar Square in August 2005 and featured at the BBC Proms in July 2006, and a song for 'Open Port', the closing event of Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture, which involved 750 singers, brass band, wooden trumpets and a helicopter, and was performed in Stavanger Harbour in December 2008 before an audience of 35,000 people.

After the premiere of her short opera ‘Professional Suicide’ at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in January 2011, written with composer Evangelia Rigaki, Tamsin became involved in a major project for the company's Education Department, creating an original song cycle with jazz composer Peter Latenka and four Southend Primary Schools. The piece, ‘Songs of the Marsh’, inspired by Paul Gallico’s story ‘The Snow Goose’, premiered on Two Tree Island in July 2011, to great acclaim.

In 2012 she was appointed Resident Writer at ENO for an international online writing competition (see below), and made her debut at Tête á Tête's annual Contemporary Opera Festival at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios, writing the short Lite Byte pop-up opera 'Love Bytes' with composer Cheryl Frances Hoad, which was performed all over the locality to promote the Festival.

In 2013 Tamsin was commissioned to write two more operas for Tête á Tête.  The first, with composer John Webb, was another Lite Bite, a blackly humorous piece entitled 'Cat-Astrophe'.  The second was the major in-house commission for the 2013 season.  In 'Dart's Love' Tamsin created an original English river myth which was magically and inventively set for 5 singers by composer Kerry Andrew. 

A glorious, desperate love story with a dark twist, set in and starring a memorable river, created by a trio of fabulous sopranos, 'Dart's Love is a treat for the eyes and ears - and it may even inspire you to try wild swimming for yourself.  A magical highlight of the Tête á Tête Festival at Riverside Studios...Tamsin Collison's libretto is brilliant: simple, elegant, noble words, well-phrased and well-set, and I enjoyed every one of them. The opera is short and the libretto is accordingly lean, but she deftly creates character and sets tone in a small space: it is intensely satisfying, rather like a great short story. Onestoparts.com

She is the author of several children’s opera guides for the 2012/13 English National Opera season.  (The Magic Flute/The Mikado/The Barber of Seville/La Bohème).  She is also a member of the West End Book, Music & Lyrics workshop for music theatre lyricists and composers.

Tamsin was Resident Writer/Script reader for English National Opera’s 2012 online ‘Mini Operas’ competition.  She was commissioned to write sample scripts inspired by the three short stories available for adaptation in the competition (‘On Paper’ by A.L. Kennedy, ‘The Sweeper of Dreams’ by Neil Gaiman and ‘Death of a Government Inspector’ by Will Self). To find out more about her experience of working on the project, click on the following video links:

Composers were then invited to write music for these scripts. Example scores have been written for each of Tamsin’s scripts, by Sxip Shirey, Bill Ryder-Jones and Bishi. These scores can be found in SoundCloud by clicking on the following audio links: