Jane Dickson’s compositions question notions of virtuosity and methods of production, particularly within the apparatus of opera. Her stripped-back deconstructions of opera explore the controllability of the performance space, atmosphere and perception. She is interested in negation, the suspension of disbelief as a tool for the creation of new realities, and challenging representations of gender and what constitutes the operatic voice: using pop and experimental techniques and work songs, as well as classical approaches. She often works closely with performers to place their individual voices and practices at the centre of a structure which interweaves sound, text, light and movement. Her work has been supported by PRS Women Make Music, Creative Scotland and the Hinrichsen Foundation, with short operas Labyrinthine and Are These Waves co-produced by La Monnaie | De Munt and Q-O2. Her new work Le Furieux was selected for development at TalentLAB#19 at Les Théâtres de la Ville, Luxembourg, supported by ENOA.