Tim Benjamin

composer, writer, storyteller

The Bridge


The Bridge is a one-act opera, with music by Tim Benjamin; words by David Edgar.

A child's model bridge
A child's model bridge

Taking a libretto by David Edgar, The Bridge is based on tense UN-sponsored negotiations between warring factions. The drama takes place in a remote Scandinavian villa, at the home of a couple and their young son, Jan, who is symbolically engaged in his school project, the building of a large model bridge.

The Bridge was the winning work of the 1996 Stephen Oliver Prize for Contemporary Opera (The Stephen Oliver Trust).

The opera has been produced twice, once by the RNCM in Manchester, receiving performances during the ISCM World Music Days in 1998, and again later that year - independently - at the BOC Covent Garden Festival in London.


50 minutes


6 singers, flute, viola, trombone, accordion, piano, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, percussion (1 player).

First performance

RNCM, Manchester, 1998

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