Jessica Duchen is a music critic, author and librettist. Following twelve years with the Independent, she is a contributor to publications that have included the I Newspaper, The Sunday Times and BBC Music Magazine. Her librettos include extensive work with composer Roxanna Panufnik, notably Silver Birch, shortlisted for an International Opera Award in 2018. Among her other books are biographies of Korngold and Fauré and seven novels on music-related topics. She lives in East Sheen, London SW14.