Jonathan Dove

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Jonathan Dove
Born (1959-07-18) 18 July 1959 (age 62)
London, England
GenresOpera, classical

Jonathan Dove CBE (born 18 July 1959) is an English composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music. He has arranged a number of operas for English Touring Opera and the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now Birmingham Opera Company), including in 1990 an 18-player two-evening adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for CBTO. He was Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival from 2001 to 2006.


Dove was born in London; both his parents were architects. He studied music at the University of Cambridge, under Robin Holloway, and afterwards worked as a freelance arranger and accompanist until 1987, when he was employed by Glyndebourne Opera. [1]

In 1998 Dove was joint winner of the Christopher Whelen Award for his work in the fields of theatre music and opera. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music. [2]


Productions of Dove's works include:


Dove's works include:


Flight (1998), backstage at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, February 2017 Backstage im Prinzregententheater.jpg
Flight (1998), backstage at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, February 2017
Swanhunter (2009), performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH) in London, April 2015 London, ROH, Linbury, Swanhunter.jpg
Swanhunter (2009), performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH) in London, April 2015

Other works

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