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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Wanton Sublime (2013)
Text Writer
Anna Rabinowitz
Novello & Co Ltd
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
30 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
mezzo-soprano, pre-recorded mezzo soprano
Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan The Wanton Sublime (2013)
"What does it mean to be chosen?" The Wanton Sublime, by Tarik O'Regan and Anna Rabinowitz, 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.

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…musically expansive and vocally intricate….
Jonathan Lennie, Time Out,28/08/2015
O’Regan’s score brings bluesy rebelliousness and Monteverdian lyricism into close proximity.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian,27/08/2015
…inventive and attractive….
Barry Millington, Evening Standard (London),27/08/2015
[The music] is rather wonderful, weaving a richly melismatic vocal line into a strikingly coloured orchestral score delicately enhanced by electronic effects. Never sterile or mechanical, it seems to have a living organic pulse.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph,27/08/2015
O'Regan colours the drama with pre-recorded vocal episodes and long melodic lines broken by punchy chords, and it never fails to grip. What a thrilling composer he is; this is vital, compelling music.
Mark Valencia, What's on Stage,27/08/2015
...a fluid, enticing score. Dividing the score into sections is the drone of a cello and bass, from which other sounds, erratic and mellifluous, germinated. O'Regan's vocal lines transform the asymmetric rhythms of Rabinowitz's text into compelling and theatrical music.
Steven Jude Tietjen, Opera News,19/07/2014
...not only grippingly entertaining but proved that the small opera is gaining ground as a viable and truly accessible genre in itself.
Daniele Sahr, Seen and Heard International,28/05/2014
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