10 Jul 2008 - 13 Jul 2008

A Cryptic, Aldeburgh Music, Almeida Opera and Ensemble MAE co-production

An Ocean of Rain


production information

On the island of Haiti, Kiev, a young prostitute, witnesses the murder of a client and desperately seeks refuge from the authorities and her abusive husband . She returns to the girls' orphanage, run by Sister Delhi, where she once lived, but is refused sanctuary.

Three cosmopolitan women, New York, Cairo and Kyoto, make their annual escape to Haiti to help out in the orphanage. Their jaded bodies and souls begin to be re-awakened by the beaches and the challenges of helping the orphans. Kiev shatters the comfort of the women's lives as she throws herself into a violent expression of her misery. Circumstances culminate in the sea unexpectedly revealing its hidden strength and Kiev is left alone to continue the work started.

An Ocean of Rain is a new opera with music by the Anglo-Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides, libretto by Daniel Danis, directed by Cathie Boyd and performed live by Ensemble MAE from Holland.

Music performed by the MAE Ensemble

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Dates & Tickets

Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. She has previously appeared at the Almeida Theatre playing the title roles in The Girl of Sand (2003) and Ariadne (2002). Other opera work includes Monteverdi’s Orfeo (English National Opera/Chatelet), Ballo delle Ingrate (Birmingham Opera Company), Handel’s Sirde (Oper der Zeit, Austria), Edward Rushton’s The Shops (Bregenz Festspiel, Linbury ROH), Jonathan Dove’s Enchanted Pig (Young Vic), and Britten’s Death in Venice (English National Opera). Her concert work includes Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (Psappha, City of London Festival), Britten's War Requiem (Philharmonie, Berlin), Mozart Mass in C Minor and Beethoven Mass in C (Clarion Music Society, New York), and a series of 20th Century programmes with the Britten Sinfonia (Aldeburgh Festival/BBC Proms/Krakow).

Additional information

An Ocean of Rain is 1 hour 5 mins long with no interval

Cast & Creatives

Anna Dennis
Camille Hesketh
Gabrielle Hughes
Katalin Karolyi
Hyacinth Nicholls
Claire Prempeh.

Music Yannis Kyriakides
Libretto Daniel Danis, translated by Linda Gaboriau
Director Cathie Boyd
Design John Otto
Lighting Zerlina Hughes
Conductor Bas Wiegers
Choreographer Ben Duke
Video artist Julia Bardsley