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We are delighted to announce that Woman at Point Zero has won the Fedora – Generali Prize for Opera 2020, selected from an impressive shortlist of outstanding and innovative opera projects.

Shubbak supported the development of the piece and is a co-producing partner with LOD musiektheater and The Royal Opera House.

Woman at Point Zero is based on the classic 1975 novel by the Egyptian writer and feminist Nawal El Sadaawi. The award winning creative team behind this multimedia production comprises composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and filmmaker Aida Elkashef.

From this universal story of exploitation and the search for freedom, the director, composer, writer and filmmaker will create a new production that challenges conventions and demonstrates that opera can be a powerful voice for a new wave of feminism without borders.

Woman at Point Zero was chosen by the Jury of the Fedora – Generali Prize for Opera 2020, partly because of its compelling story, partly because it is a truly international partnership but perhaps most of all because it is a combination of composer, librettist, director and filmmaker of emerging talent, which we want to bring to the world.

Nicholas payne, director, opera europa and chair of the fedora – generali prize for opera 2020

Find out more about what inspired the creative team to bring this story to the stage and what makes this project so unique.

Congratulations also to UK based companies Hofesh Shechter Company and Birmingham Opera Company who won the Fedora – van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet and the Fedora Education Prize respectively.

The development phase of Woman at Point Zero was commissioned by Shubbak with Abu Dhabi Festival, with support from The Royal Opera, Snape Maltings, PRS Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The opera is produced by LOD muziktheater in partnership with The Royal Opera and Shubbak.