SLEEPING & WAKING
ARE THEIR NAMES

A girl has been asleep in a tower for 400 years, dreaming of birdsong.

Across town, her sister casts spells to try to put herself to sleep.

An old woman has two daughters called Sleeping and Waking: taking the form of a bird she watches them through windows.

A five-minute opera by singer and first-time composer Bryony Purdue approaches the distancing effects of isolation through the language of folk tales. 

An Opera Harmony commission.

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Available from 11/08/2020

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cast & creative TEAM

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toria banks

writer, director

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linda hirst

mother

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olivia fraser

oboe

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juliette koch

waking, video

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bryony purdue

sleeping, sound