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Based in London and Melbourne, Australian writer, director, and performer Emma Muir-Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses theatre, opera, and classical music.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Emma’s work as a dramatist includes: La Juive (Opera Australia), Die Freunde Von Salamanka (Victorian Opera), Peter and the Wolf staged with puppetry (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Listen to my Story (Co-Opera South Australia), Remembering (RADA Festival), The Selfish Giant (Victorian Opera), Alice Through the Opera Glass (librettist, Victorian Opera 2019), Missing (National Youth Orchestra Great Britain), Top of the Hill (RADA), Cool Air (Old Red Lion theatre London), Terra Nullius (RADA).

In 2021, she wrote and directed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Performance of a Lifetime COVID-19 vaccination campaign, working with artists including Tim Minchin, Virginia Gay, Rhonda Burchmore, Meow Meow, Deborah Cheetham and more. The campaign went viral on social media and trended at #2 on YouTube.

In 2022, Emma’s upcoming shows as a director include Carnival of the Animals for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and A Christmas Carol for Victorian Opera, and her opera The Selfish Giant (with composer Simon Bruckard) will receive a revival with Victorian Opera at the Arts Centre Melbourne following a sell-out, Green Room Award-winning season in 2019.

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