Meet The Old Vic 12 - Richard Melkonian


The Old Vic 12 aims to nurture and develop the next generation of theatre practitioners through offering access and insights into theatre-making, mentoring from industry experts, delivering masterclasses to other emerging artists, and collaborating with each other to create brand new work.

Launched in 2015, we are delighted to be hosting the fourth year of the scheme with 12 exciting new participants – get to know Composer Richard Melkonian with 12 quick fire questions.

1. What’s your name?

Richard Melkonian.

2. What do you do?

I’m a composer.

3. Who inspires you?

Serge Gainsbourg.

4. What can’t you live without?

Sparkling water.

5. The most surprising thing you’ve learnt about The Old Vic?

The ENO started at The Old Vic. The English National Opera was born at The Old Vic by Lilian Mary Baylis.

6. Your favourite piece of trivia?

Snails are hermaphrodites.

7. Last show you saw?

The Fairy Queen by Purcell at Waterperry Festival.

8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered?

Make tea for your mates.

9. Night owl or early bird?

Both, you have to be!

10. Your life story in one short sentence?

Finding safety in discomfort.

11. In one year you will have…

Written another opera!

12. Old Vic 12 in one word?


The Old Vic 12 is generously supported for 2018/2019 by:
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; Claire Bullus; Nathalie & Nicolas Giauque; Laura & Nigel Mead; The Luscinus Trust; PRS Foundation; The Noël Coward Foundation; Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The Old Vic Impact Fund.

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