"Searching, inventive, elegantly clear, technically assured, and emotionally persuasive, Lila Palmer's writing is exactly what opera needs now."
- Mark Adamo
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"a brutal, honest sampling of a woman’s perspective on married life and motherhood" - Washington Classical Review
In Her Own Valley
Lila's cantata on themes of child labor and social responsibility with Grace Evangeline Mason will premiere with the Liverpool Philharmonic.
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The Ango-American Librettist & Producer Lila Palmer takes us to rural Vermont and to beautifully vivid moments of music in her childhood, like crouching under a grand piano listening to a family friend play, onto her days studying History at Cambridge, where she became aware of overlooked narratives hidden around every corner. Starting down the path as a Mezzo, training at New England Conservatory of Music and English National Opera, she found the stories she was inhabiting didn’t give her enough agency, and it was suggested to her that she might be more comfortable on the other side of the table, writing the roles herself.
Lila Palmer is a librettist whose warmth, clarity and stylistic flexibility have made her a favoured partner of established and emerging composers alike. An advanced vocal performer herself, Lila’s skill in advocating for and writing to the classically trained voice has enabled her to bridge the gap between the world of interpreter and creative. She is the proud (and only dual graduate) of both the Royal Opera House London - Guildhall Opera Makers MA program (London, UK) and American Lyric Theatre’s Composer Librettist Development Program.