11 December 2017

Opera double bill supported by JM Finn

An opera double bill presenting The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986) and Kate Whitley's Unknown Position (2011) featured Raphaela Papadakis, who was sponsored by JM Finn during her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Put on at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Pall Mall by the City Music Foundation on the 30th November, the production was called “I, Object”, and was a double bill of contemporary operas about music and the mind - Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, based on the case study by Oliver Sacks about a man with visual agnosia, and Kate Whitley’s Unknown Position, which is about object sexuality, and follows the story of a woman who falls in love with a chair.

There was a pre-concert panel discussion which explored some of the cognitive reasoning behind the music, featuring Professor Lauren Stewart, researcher into the cognitive neuroscience of music at Goldsmiths University, Professor Jonathan Cole, former colleague of Oliver Sacks, and the librettist Chris Rawlence and composer Michael Nyman himself.

JM Finn were delighted to support the production and continue their long-standing association with award-winning soprano, Raphaela Papadakis.

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