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Brian Howard, one of Australia's most striking composers of chamber operas, studied with Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale, Bernard Rands and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies * Taught composition at University of Melbourne and New South Wales Conservatorium in Sydney * Held composer residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen * Commissions from Australian Opera, Victoria State Opera, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, West Australian Ballet and Opera Factory Zürich * Particularly acclaimed for his chamber operas which are based on texts by Steven Berkoff (after Kafka), Louis Nowra and Jean Rhys * Operas have strong theatrical thrust, with social conventions threatened by dangerous external forces and psychological disturbance * Output also includes evocatively crafted ensemble and orchestral works * Early scores demonstrate a forceful, modernist idiom while recent works embrace tonal harmony, minimalist processes and a rich poetic vein

Works by Brian Howard include:
Metamorphosis (1983) Chamber opera in six scenes
Whitsunday (1988) Chamber opera in three acts
Wide Sargasso Sea (1996) Chamber opera

"Howard has turned Metamorphosis into a riveting piece of musical theatre that holds you to your seat in shock" — Opera

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