- 4 years ago
Originally a singer-songwriter, Gareth Williams was seduced into writing opera by a love of storytelling. His piano-bar roots mean he isn't sure whether the music he writes now is best described as pop or contemporary classical music. However, he's not sure those labels are useful and is happy to let his ostensibly classical compositions veer "dangerously close" to the world of pop. Now a fully-fledged opera composer, he writes both staged and site-specific works, including an opera performed in a pub and another that took place in a lighthouse. In this episode he talks about why he went from singer-songwriter to opera composer and the (often true) stories that inspire his work.