Elizabeth Bishop, poet, 1911-1979
Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949-1950, Bishop won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 and is considered one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century. One Art, her most well-known and celebrated work, was published in the New Yorker magazine in 1976.
Laure Meloy, soprano & director of Femme Lunatique Productions
Ms Meloy appears courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera. Other credits include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hungarian State Opera, English National Opera, and Welsh National Opera. She is a keen proponent of contemporary classical music, and founded Femme Lunatique to create and promote new vocal art music. One Art is the company’s first commission.
Paula M Kimper, composer
Ms Kimper’s entire catalogue of scores was recently acquired by the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University. Her first opera, Patience & Sarah, premiered at Lincoln Center Festival ’98. The Captivation of Eunice Williams, commissioned by the PVMA of Deerfield, MA, premiered in 2004. Other operas include The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2007,) and TRUTH, about the life of Sojourner Truth (2012.) She has received commissions from The Phoenix Concerts, Amy Pivar Dances, Richard Daniels, Downtown Music Productions, The Walt Whitman Project, American Opera Projects, and Opera America.
Brigitte Baden-Rennie, cabaret artist & script writer
Brigitte Rennie is a five star Cabaret performer with many years experience in the arts industry. Brigitte initially tested the idea of a cabaret festival in 2011 with a mini festival, “The Kent Cabaret Soiree”, in Margate. The success led to a second pilot festival in 2012, which received Arts Council England, Broadstairs and St Peters Council and Kent Council support. This is when her company, The Mosaic Cat, was born. The Mosaic Cat has gone from strength to strength, commissioning and creating new works and unique collaborations with performing artists of many genres.