Inside the Creative Process

This exciting series explores works in progress by female composers, offering an inside glimpse at the creative process that happens between composers, librettists, producers, and performers. 


Inside the Creative Process is currently featuring a new opera in progress by composer Sally Lamb McCune and librettists Rachel Lampert and Yvonne Gray.

Next Event:

Final pre-premiere workshop of We Wear the Sea Like a Coat. Released online as a series of episodes, this exciting final step of the creative process will be available for free to everyone.

Episode I Now Streaming On Demand

We Wear The Sea like a coat


Americans Sara, an oceanographer on a climate-change assignment, and Jonathan, a writer and trailing spouse, arrive in Orkney, Scotland. He wants to start a family. She’s reluctant. Greeted with a mix of warmth and suspicion by the locals, Sara finds herself at the center of the conflict between preservation and exploitation. Spurned by anger over the death of a young fisherman, an activist exposes that Sara’s research is tied to a corporation seeking drilling rights, further isolating the couple. Sara finds that she’s pregnant but hides it.  As Sara writes her resignation letter, Jonathan takes part in the New Year's Day ocean plunge. Sara has a change of heart about the pregnancy and rushes to tell him, only to find that he has drowned.


Meet the cast
for the final workshop

Flora Wall - Sara
Dann Coakwell - Jonathan
Todd Thomas - Alastair
Mariya Kaganskaya - Rowan
José Heredia - Colin
Daniel Rich - Brian
David Neal - Marcus
Francesco DiLello - Charlie
Erin O'Rourke - Maggie / Tern 3
Syona Ayyankeril - Tern 1
Sarah Aliperti - Tern 2

Learn more about the Creative Team

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Sally Lamb Mccune

Rachel Lampert

Yvonne Gray