The Wanton Sublime & The Medium - Grimeborn 2015

"What does it mean to be chosen?"

Orpheus Sinfonia is proud to partner with Inside Intelligence as they conclude their 20th aniversary season at the Arcola with the European premiere of The Wanton Sublime  by twice Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O'Regan (Heart of Darkness) with a libretto by New York's award-winning feminist poet Anna Rabinowitz (Darkling). This ground-breaking electro-acoustic work for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble explores the human and mystic aspects of the Virgin Mary, who struggles to retain her flesh and blood identity in the face of external forces intent on symbolising her as the ideal woman.

A one-act opera for an unaccompanied singer, The Medium is Peter Maxwell Davies' most extraordinary and daring work.

Hai-Ting Ching was a lead performer in the 2012-2014 world tour of Philip Glass' and Robert Wilson's expressionist masterpiece Einstein on the Beach.  In 2009, she played the lead in the Wooster Group's critically acclaimed production of Cavalli's opera La Didone.

"Hai-Ting Chinn has it all: breathtaking beauty, poise, comic timing and a voice of pure gold." David Cote, Time Out - New York.

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Tuesday 25 August 2015, 8.00 PM

Wednesday 26 August 8.00 PM

Thursday 27 August 8.00 PM

Friday 28 August 8.00 PM

Saturday 29 August 2015 8.00 PM


Directed by
Robert Shaw

Orpheus Sinfonia
Conductor - Andrew Griffiths
Libretto - Anna Rabinowitz/Peter Maxwell Davies
Designer - Gillian Argo
Lighting Designer - Tom White
Stage Manager - Sarah Rhodes-Cannings
Photography - Rodrigo Lopresti

European Premiere

The Wanton Sublime by Tarik O'Regan
The Medium by Peter Maxwell Davies

The Wanton Sublime was commissioned and developed in New York by American Opera Projects.
The Wanton Sublime is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The Wanton Sublime is generously sponsored by: The RVW Trust, The Hinrichsen Foundation, the Fidelio Charitable Trust, Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley.

Arcola Theatre - Studio 2, unallocated seating.

Venue: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
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The Wanton Sublime & The Medium - Grimeborn 2015 - Arcola Theatre - Tuesday 25 August 2015, 8.00 PM
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