19:00-19:30, Thursday 10th September 2020


Music and Words: Cecilia Livingston, Rosie Middleton, Sarah Parkin


This event was performed exclusively in The Imaginary Festival 2020.


“I know you are, but what am I?”


Two people, one room. 


LOOP fuses opera, sound art and physical theatre to take a playful look at the stories we retell, narratives we can’t escape, and squabbles that get stuck on repeat. Celebrating the beauty and humour of life’s repetitions, observers become players in the story: your unconscious actions provoke small shifts to shape each performance in this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking reflection of our daily lives.


Age range: 13+

Content Warnings: Use of adult language; possible references to sex and alcohol


Produced by 11/11


Venue: hopefully* The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH. 

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Composer: Cecilia Livingston

Performers: Sarah Parkin and Rosie Middleton


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Composer: Cecilia Livingston

Performers: Sarah Parkin and Rosie Middleton



Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton specialises in new music, and is an experienced collaborator and deviser of new works. Contemporary opera performance includes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, A Certain Sense of Order (UK and Luxembourg) and #echochamber (Reykjavik/Tête à Tête Festival). In 2019-20 Rosie was artist-in-residence at Somerset House, Snape Maltings and The Banff Centre where she collaborated with composers on Voice(less) – a series of works for voice and electronics exploring voiceloss and voicelessness. Highlights of 2020 include Laura Bowler’s Gold with Riot Ensemble, being cast in the Royal Opera House’s upcoming (now cancelled) production of Matt Rodgers’ She Described it to Death and being awarded second place at Non-Classical Battle of the Bands. Future engagements include a new Voice(less) work by Mira Calix, Jamie Hamilton’s Versionland with Phaedra Ensemble and Ed Nesbitt’s Antigone with the East London Music Group.


Canadian soprano Sarah Parkin specialises in new music and contemporary opera. Recent performances include Catherine Kontz A Certain Sense of Order (tick tock opera tour in UK/Luxembourg), Saariaho From the Grammar of Dreams, (impuls Festival, Graz) and originating roles in Wear and Robe with UU Productions (for Tête à Tête). Sarah has collaborated with new music company Hanbury & Groves, developing electronic and contemporary opera (Rough for Opera, Helios Collective); and has appeared with the 10/10 Ensemble (Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool), as well as in the Left Bank Opera Festival (Leeds), the Grimeborn Festival (Arcola Theatre, London), the Polyphonic Poetry Festival (Cambridge) and a moving sound installation at London Cavalcade. Upcoming projects include Alastair White’s ‘Robe’ for record release (Metier); Harvey Brough’s ‘The Hive’ with the Liverpool Philharmonic (September 2020); and ‘A Kinder Society’ – an immersive chamber opera by Amy Bryce, supported by an International Music Grant from the Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden (2021).


Cecilia Livingston is composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where her work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and builds on her 2015-17 Fellowship at The American Opera Project in New York. Winner of the 2018 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes for female opera creators in Canada, her music has been heard at Nuit Blanche, Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival, and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Her current projects include the opera ‘Terror & Erebus’, new work for Glyndebourne, and a song cycle with Orange Prize winning poet Anne Michaels.