The Corinthia’s artist-in-residence programme is now in is fourth year, and the hotel has announced that this year’s theme is opera. The artist selected by the panel of judges will be in residence at the hotel for a month, when they will develop and realise their vision.
On the judging panel for this year’s programme are Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and internationally acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja. Also included are Susanna Eastman OBE, the Chief Executive of Sound and Music, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Center and Justine Simmons, Head of Culture at The Mayor’s Office.
The Classical Music Editor at the Guardian, Imogen Tilden, 14-18 NOW Direction Jenny Waldham, and Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic are on the list too. And rounding off the panel are Graham Vick CBE, Artistic Director of the Birmingham Opera Company, and Renaud Gregoire, General Manager at The Corinthia.
Gregoire said “We are especially proud of the fact that one of the key objectives of the Artist in Residence program is to support up and coming British talent.” The panel will select a winner at the end of April.
Last year’s programme centred around sleep, to coincide with the hotel’s ‘Power of Sleep’ project. The winners were filmmakers Zawe Ashton (also an actor from Channel 4’s Fresh Meat) and David Petch, who both spent a month at the hotel making short films. 2013’s winner of the immersive theatre brief was Look Left Look Right, who were asked to create a “fast-moving theatrical performance inspired by the extraordinary and ordinary life that goes on inside the hotel”. And the first ever winner was Noemie Goudal, a photographic artist whose collection of works was exhibited at the hotel.
The selection of artists for this year have been approached, but one wild card entrant still remains, and will be chosen by Renaud Gregoire.
The programme aims to enable artists to “think about the way their work can be experienced differently and enable imaginative, site-responsive ideas to evolve and come to life within the very fabric of the hotel.”
The finished product won’t be unveiled for a while, but it will be exciting to see how an opera can unfurl within the walls of The Corinthia.
Photo credits: The Corinthia London.