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THE WANTON SUBLIME

Music by Tarik O'Regan
Libretto by Anna Rabinowitz

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ABOUT THE WORK

"What does it mean to be chosen?" The Wanton Sublime, a new commission from Tarik O'Regan (Heart of Darkness) and Anna Rabinowitz (Darkling), explores the human and mythic aspects of the Virgin Mary. In this one-act monodrama for mezzo-soprano and amplified chamber ensemble, Mary struggles to retain her flesh and blood identity in the face of external forces intent on symbolizing her as the ideal woman.

Part of the PETER JAY SHARP SOLO PROJECT: The monodrama revealed, funded by the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano, pre-recorded mezzo soprano, 1(pic)000/0000/2perc/gtr+egtr/str(1.0.1.1.1)
PublisherNovello & Co Ltd


ABOUT THE CREATORS

oreganTARIK O'REGAN
(composer)
Recent recognition: two GRAMMY® nominations (including Best Classical Album) for Threshold of Night, two British Composer Awards, Gramophone Award nomination for Scattered Rhymes, NEA Artistic Excellence Award and South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination for the AOP-developed Heart of Darkness. Current and future commissions: Suite from Heart of Darkness for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a full-length ballet for the Dutch National Ballet; large scale new works for the Hallé Orchestra, American Opera Projects and the University of Michigan. Recent projects: two North African-influenced compositions (Raï, for the Dutch National Ballet, and Chaâbi, commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra) in 2012; a third solo album on the Harmonia Mundi label, Acallam na Senórach, and the premiere of Heart of Darkness at the Royal Opera House, London in 2011. Life and work: O’Regan grew up in London, where he was born in 1978, spending some of his childhood in Morocco and Algeria. Since 2007, he has divided his time between New York City and Cambridge, England. His music, recorded on over 25 albums, is published exclusively by Novello & Co./Music Sales Classical.
tarikoregan.com | @tarikoregan | fb.com/tarikoreganpublic

rabinowitzANNA RABINOWITZ
(librettist)
Anna Rabinowitz adapted the libretto for The Wanton Sublime from her volume of poetry The Wanton Sublime: A Florilegium of Whethers and Wonders, published by Tupelo Press, 2006. In addition to The Wanton Sublime, Anna Rabinowitz wrote the libretto for another AOP-commissioned opera based on her poetry, Darkling, an experimental, multi-media opera theater work that had its world premiere and ran for three weeks off-Broadway in 2006 and was performed in a concert version in Berlin and Poland in 2007. A translation of the original text of the book-length acrostic poem, Darkling: A Poem, (Tupelo Press, 2001) into German was brought out by Luxbooks, Weisbaden, Germany, in spring 2013. She is also collaborating with Francis Schwartz, composer/poly/artist, on an experiential, multi-faceted work, one segment of which will be performed at New College, Sarasota, by instrumentalists, chorus and mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz in November, 2013. Her fourth volume of poetry, Present Tense, published by Omnidawn, was named one of the best poetry books of 2010 by The Huffington Post. Rabinowitz’s books also include At the Site of Inside Out, (University of Massachusetts Press), which won the Juniper Prize. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and ForeWord Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year for Darkling. Rabinowitz is Editor Emerita of American Letters & Commentary, a vice-president of the Poetry Society of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of AOP. www.annarabinowitz.com

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VIDEO/AUDIO

 
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PHOTO GALLERY

Click here for photos from the 2015 European premiere at Arcola Theatre.

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PRESS

August 27, 2015 - THE GUARDIAN UK
Opera review : "The Wanton Sublime/The Medium review – rebelliousness and lyricism"

August 27, 2015 - TELEGRAPH UK
Opera review : "Grimeborn Festival, Arcola, review: 'invigorating'"

August 27, 2015 - WHATS ON STAGE
Opera review : "The Medium / The Wanton Sublime (Arcola Theatre)"

August 27, 2015 - THE STAGE (UK)
Opera review : "The Wanton Sublime"

August 27, 2015 - EVENING STANDARD (UK)
Opera review : "Grimeborn – The Medium / The Wanton Sublime, review: Austerity opera for hipster kids"

August 20, 2015 - THIS WEEK: LONDON
Opera profile : "Tarik O’Regan: The Wanton Sublime"

August 6, 2015 - HAM AND HIGH
Opera profile : "Dalston's mean streets welcome back opera"

July 1, 2014 - OPERA NEWS
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

May 28, 2014 - SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

May 22, 2014 - I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

April 30, 2014 - GARDEN STATE JOURNAL
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

April 26, 2014 - CLASSICAL MUSIC ROCKS
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

April 24, 2014 - MUSIC VS THEATRE
Opera review : THE WANTON SUBLIME at Roulette

July 26, 2012 - ARTS JOURNAL blog
Opera review : BLESSED ART THOU AMONGST WOMEN at NJ Opera

July 5, 2012 - WQXR blog
Opera profile : "One-Person Shows: Star Vehicles but Compelling Drama?"

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AOP PERFORMANCES

April 22, 2014
NYC Semi-Staged Premiere
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn
with American Modern Ensemble and Mila Henry, keyboard
Music direction by Tyson Deaton; Stage direction by Mallory Catlett

July 21 & 22, 2012
Staged reading of opera and panel discussion with artists
Berlind Theater, McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place. Princeton, NJ 08540
Performances by Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, and counter-tenor Ryland Angel
with The Sebastian Chamber Players and Mila Henry, keyboard
Music direction by Steven Osgood; Stage direction by Crystal Manich

May 9 & 12, 2011
May 9 - The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003
May 12 - South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Concert reading of opera excerpts and panel discussion with artists
Performances by Amy Shoremount-Obra
Piano: Mila Henry

Jan 11-12, 2009
Song excerpt
Peter B. Lewis Theater - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Performed by Caroline Worra
Featuring AOP string ensemble; J. David Jackson, conductor

OTHER PERFORMANCES

August 25 - 29, 2015
European Premiere
Presented by Inside Intelligence as part of Grimeborn Festival
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Performances by Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and The Orpheus Sinfonia
Directed by Robert Shaw; Conductor Andrew Griffiths
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