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Book & Lyrics: Wendy Lewis
Music: Yuval Halpern

Wendy Lewis
In 2012, Wendy Lewis was a finalist in the English National Opera’s Mini Opera Competition with her libretto Harrowdown Hill. Following this, she teamed up with Berlin-based composer Yuval Halpern to write Cumulonimbus (2013), a choral piece for the North Cambridge Family Opera, USA; and to devise an original piece of musical theatre that would appeal to adults and children alike. The result was the family musical What’s my Color?

As well as eight stage productions, Lewis has written eleven books and made countless TV and radio appearances in Australia and the US including Studio 10, Radio National’s Perspective, Sky News Book Report, Triple J, 2GB (Alan Jones) and 2UE (Steve Liebmann).

Lewis is based in Sydney, Australia and is a full member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and NSW Writers’ Centre (NSWWC).

Stage
The Devil’s Caress. Star of the Sea, Manly, 2018.
Do Not Touch. Micro Theater, Newcastle, 2017.
What’s My Color? Safari Players, Houston, Texas, 2016.
What if..? Factory Space Theater Company, Manly, 2014.
Burnt and Life Drawing (new production). Factory Space Theater Company, Manly, 2013.
Harrowdown Hill. Short opera libretto based on idea by Will Self, 2012.
The Baggage Handler. Manly Arts Festival, 2006.
Death by Fingerbun. Canberra, 2004.
Life Drawing. Parramatta Riverside Theater, 2002.
Statues of David (three productions). Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, 2003; Sydney Fringe Festival, Bondi Beach; and Theaterfest Chatswood.

Awards
The Story of Wendy Vampire. Short-listed for PENfro Book Festival Radio Drama Competition, UK.
Do Not Touch. People’s Choice Awards, Micro Theater Newcastle.
Harrowdown Hill. Finalist, English National Mini Opera Competition.
Death by Fingerbun. Best Play 43rd National Sci Fi Convention.
Statues of David. Best script Theaterfest.
Statues of David. Runner-up inaugural Griffin Theater Writing Award.

Recent Books
Celebrating 150 Years of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery. Sydney: Captain Honey, 2017.
Jailbreak. Melbourne: Echo Publishing, 2016
Playing Dead. Melbourne: Five Mile Press, 2013

 

Yuval Halpern
Yuval Halpern has composed and produced four complete opera/musicals. Chaos in Olympus premiered in Berlin, Germany in April 2014 and What’s my Color? – co-written with Australian writer Wendy Lewis –  premiered in Houston, Texas in October 2016.

In addition to stage, he has composed music for film, dance and the concert hall. Among his film music is the Berlinale Today award-winning short film Batman at the Checkpoint (2012).

Coming from a classical contemporary education, Yuval is also influenced by jazz and pop and likes to combine different styles of music into a new musical language. His influences are Bernstein, Weil and Sondheim.

As well as composing, Yuval has conducted the Gospel Choir Sense of Touch for the last three and a half years. Currently he is the musical director and sings in Sistanagila an Iranian Israeli Music group which performs a fusion of World music and improvisation.

Yuval is based in Berlin, Germany.

Education
Masters in Media Composition, Hanns Eisler Music Academy, Berlin, Germany.
Bachelor in Contemporary Composition, The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Stage
Chaos in Olympus, Musical Comedy in German. Text and Book by Gregor Knape, produced 2014.
Sweeper of Dreams, Mini Opera, 2012.
Blue Beard, Tragic Musical. Text by Rachel Fiona Juschka, produced 2011.
60 years, Political Dance Theatre piece for 2 Dancers and 2 Percussionists, 2008.
Iqbal, Contemporary Opera composed by Yuval Halpern, Coen Schenk and Zbigniew Wolny, 2006.
Vice, Contemporary musical based on the story of the Garden of Eden. Text by Gali Halpern, 2005.

Film music
Jerusalem for Cowards, Documentary by Dalia Castel, 2012.
Batman at the Checkpoint, Today Award winner, Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin, 2012.

Concert music
Tabula Rasa, a Piece for Guitar Trio, 2013 commissioned by the Passau Music Festival.
Fun, a Piece for Symphonic Brass Orchestra, 2011.
The Ten Commandments, a Piece for Alt Saxophone and Piano, 2010.
Blue, a Female Choir Piece. Text by Gali Halpern, 2008.