Cecilia will present a short paper at Movement Matters: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Avant-Garde at UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies on Saturday 1st December at 2.00pm. The workshop-performance will mark the paperback edition of The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia (Bloomsbury, December 2018) by Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith.
Cecilia is the grateful recipient of a 2018 Opera Awards Foundation bursary. She will use the bursary to implement a participation project in secondary schools with her company, Spectra Ensemble.
Cecilia will direct the UK premiere of Smetana’s opera, Libuše, for University College Opera at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, in March 2019.
Cecilia will attend the Berlin Opera Academy as an Apprentice Director where she will work alongside director David Paul and conductor Peter Leonard to create a production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.
Cecilia will direct Dame Ethel Smyth's comic opera, The Boatswain's Mate, for Spectra Ensemble as part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
Cecilia will return to Opera Holland Park as the Associate Director on their Young Artists Programme, staging Verdi's La traviata.
May and June 2018
Cecilia will act as Session Leader for Opera for Thought, a creative programme for people living with dementia as part of Opera Holland Park's INSPIRE and Westminster Arts' Resonate programmes.
Cecilia and her collaborator, Holly Muir, are quarter finalists in the 10th European Opera-Directing Prize with their new concept for Puccini's Manon Lescaut.