The Bridge (1996)

Opera in one act

Music by Tim Benjamin; words by David Edgar

Taking a libretto by David Edgar (profile), 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 Covent Garden Festival, The Cochrane Theatre, London, June 1997.


50 minutes


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