"Lila Palmer's writing is exactly what opera needs now." 

- Mark Adamo

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 "should furnish...sopranos with a bracing repertory staple - OPERA NEWS

Holy Ground

Lila's second opera with Damien Geter announced by the NY Times for Francesca Zambello's final season at Glimmerglass Opera. 

American Apollo

Lila's opera with Damien Geter on Singer-Sargent and Thomas McKeller, inspired by the Gardner Museum exhibition Boston's Apollo, receives a full commission from Des Moines Metro Opera.

The Fox Sisters

Lila's opera with Marc Migo on the female founders of the Spiritualist movement premiers as part of Liceu Barcelona's July 2022 (ÒH!)PERA Intitiative

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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Dead Equal

Lila's opera about women in combat received raves at Edinburgh Fringe! 

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The Opera Pod

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’s works have been commissioned by leading orchestras, presenters and opera houses and outside the field of opera; appeared as sound installations, museum exhibits and enlivened educational, healthcare, heritage and cultural institutions.

[For complete works click here and bio click here]


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.  

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