A Certain Sense of Order premieres August 10 + 11 at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
Early Bird Tickets (Until 19th June): £5
Advance Online: £7.50 | Door/Phone: £9.50
Developed in March 2017 as a work-in-progress for Rough For Opera 15 with the support of Second Movement, Tête à Tête, The Cockpit, and Arts Council England, our new work A Certain Sense of Order premieres this summer at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2017. A “striking and intriguing” (Planet Hugill) portrait of the American poet Anne Sexton, known for integrating her deeply confessional poetry with the practice of psychotherapy, A Certain Sense of Order is an exquisite poetic investigation in voice, gesture and sound.
Words | Anne Sexton
Creation + Composition | Catherine Kontz
Creation + Direction | Sasha Amaya
Creation + Concept | Naomi Woo
Featuring Rebecca Cuddy & Rosie Middleton
Paper given by Dr. Victoria Van Hyning
A Certain Sense of Order is a collaborative co-creation by Naomi Woo, Sasha Amaya, and Catherine Kontz.
Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) is a Luxembourgish composer. She studied Composition with Roger Redgate at Goldsmiths College and, as part of her PhD, produced and directed her mime-opera MiE with sold-out performances in London in 2006. She has since worked extensively within the world of contemporary opera as well as writing for performers such as ensemble recherche, BBCSSO, Cathy Krier, and Juliet Fraser.
Catherine has been commissioned for new works by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) amongst others and she regularly features at the Tête-à-Tête opera festival. In 2013 she composed and directed her first full-length opera Neige for Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg to great acclaim.
Rebecca Cuddy // A versatile performer, Métis (Indigenous) Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy is at home on both the contemporary and classical stage. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, she is currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, completing a Masters in Vocal Performance with world-renowned Mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Walker, and Vocal Coach Jonathan Papp.
Rosie Middleton // Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton trained at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since graduation, Rosie has specialised in contemporary music, performing new works both at home and abroad. She co-founded Aequitas Collective, an Anglo-Icelandic contemporary music-theatre group; later this year she will return to Reykjavik to create a new opera, funded by Rannis.