David Bruce was born in Stamford, Conneticut in 1970 but grew up in England. He began his music education in 1988 at Nottingham University (composition tutors included Jim Fulkerson and Nicholas Sackman), before moving on to the Royal College of Music (1991-3) where he obtained a Masters Degree in Composition, studying with Tim Salter and George Benjamin; and a PhD in Composition at King’s College, London (1995-9), under the supervision of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Bruce was awarded the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award in 2008, after a nomination by Osvaldo Golijov; other prizes include the RPS Composition Competition in 1994, the Adam Prize (King’s College) and the Herberts Howellls Prize (RCM). David is 2012-13 Composer-in-Residence with the Royal Opera House, London and for 2013-14 he is Associate Composer with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
The Firework-Maker's Daughter is a Chamber Opera in 2 Acts for 5 Singers and 9 Players. It was commissioned by The Opera Group and Royal Opera House ROH2 and produced in collaboration with Opera North and Watford Palace Theatre. Its UK premiere was on 23 March 2013 at Hull Truck Theatre. 13,000 people saw the opera across nine venues over a three month period, around half the audience were children.
Co-produced by The Opera Group and Opera North in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre. Co-commissioned by The Opera Group and ROH2.
Orchestral Partners – CHROMA (UK Tour), Metropolis Ensemble (New York performances)