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So., 08. Sept.


London Barbican Center

London Barbican Center: Sky in a Small Cage (R. Hind), with RIOT ENSEMBLE

HHH makes his debut in London as bass soloist in this co-production of the Mahogany Opera Company London and the Copenhagen Opera Festival. More Details will come soon!

London Barbican Center: Sky in a Small Cage (R. Hind), with RIOT ENSEMBLE
London Barbican Center: Sky in a Small Cage (R. Hind), with RIOT ENSEMBLE

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08. Sept. 2024, 19:30

London Barbican Center, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, Vereinigtes Königreich

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Mahogany Opera's new commission from Rolf Hind and Dante Micheaux 

Sky in a Small Cage, the latest commission from Rolf Hind, is conceived as a contemporary staged oratorio which tells the story of the extraordinary life of Sufi poet, Rumi – and focusing on his relationship with his master, muse and beloved Shams who was (it is suspected) murdered at the hands of Rumi’s brothers. The story will be told with words written specifically by award-winning poet, Dante Micheaux together with translations of Rumi’s own poetry. An exceptional multi-disciplinary cast and mixed ensemble will bring each dramatic tableau to life using song, musical interludes and dance.

Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, ‘I know you’re tired, but come. This is the Way.’ Rumi

Lone flames burning near each other sometimes meet; come together without fear to share the air – beloved’s feat when two the same endear. Dante Micheaux

We are developing the piece in partnership with the Barbican and Copenhagen Opera Festival ahead of premiere performances in autumn 2024. Details to be announced soon!

Creative team   

Composed by Rolf Hind

Text for music by Dante Micheaux

With additional text from Jalal al-Din Mohammed Rumi

Dramaturgy and direction Frederic Wake-Walker

Music Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Movement Director Rosabel Huguet

Designer Sasha Owen


The Narrator – Elaine Mitchener

I and You (becoming Rumi) – James Hall

Bird of the Sun – Shams e Parande – Yannis François

Shaman of the Birds/Kerra, Rumi’s wife – Loré Lixenberg

Ensemble - Siddhii Lagrutta (soprano), Karima El Demerdasch (alto), Anika Venkatesh (alto), Rylan Gleave (tenor), Ty Bouque (baritone), Harald Hieronymus Hein (bass)

Onstage musicians - Athelas Sinfonietta (Copenhagen) and Riot Ensemble (London)

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