A gender reversal of Ovid’s classical story Pygmalion, this new operatic version of the tale follows a pioneering scientist of artificial intelligence, who comes to the realisation that the future of humanity depends on re-engineering the entire male sex. She sets out to artificially create the ‘perfect’ man of the future, but the results of her experiment are far from what she expected…
The show was developed with the support of the PRS for music foundation in 2017 and previewed at the Hens & Chicken theatre in December 2017. The show continues to be developed and is premiering in a new version in July 2018 at Genesis cinema.
Written and composed by Anne Chmelewsky
Starring: Amy J. Payne
Piano: Elizabeth Challenger
Cello: Flora Allison
Running time: 1 hour (no interval)
Amy J Payne — Mezzo soprano
Amy hails from South Devon and after gaining an honours degree in French & German from Kings College London, trained in vocal performance and opera at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the prestigious English Song Prize and The Susan Longfield Competition. She is also a Samling Artist.
She is currently a member of the ensemble at Leeds-based Opera North and regularly undertakes roles and concert work for the award-winning company. She has sung and covered roles for a wide range of other UK companies including Scottish Opera, D’Oyly Carte, English Touring Opera; Garsington Opera, Mid Wales Opera, The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Charles Court Opera, Merry Opera, Fulham Opera, Pop Up Opera and Kneehigh Theatre.
Amy sang the role of Annabel Clark in Anne Chmelewsky’s one-woman operetta, The Looking Screen, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at STET Festival in The Hague. She is delighted to be collaborating once more with Anne and the team on Pygmalion 2.0.
For further information, please visit: amyjpayne.com
Elizabeth Challenger — Piano
Elizabeth was born in Paris in 1982. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Caroline Palmer, and obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours in 2005. Elizabeth then obtained a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction in Piano Accompaniment in 2012 and won the “highly commended” prize for both the Scott Huxley Prize and the Webb Award for Piano Accompanists.
Her main repertoire for solo performance includes in particular French piano music of the early twentieth century. She is currently specialising in the accompaniment of singers, showing specific interest in French Melodies. Elizabeth has been performing recitals as a soloist, accompanist and repetiteur at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as throughout the UK, and all over Europe with great success.
Flora Allison — Cello
Flora has been playing the cello since the age of 8 and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2006.
She has over the years performed in concert halls and theatres across the globe, performing with the Heritage Orchestra, Pluck Comedy String Trio and done numerous recordings sessions
for clients such as BBC Radio One and BBC Worldwide, Giles Peterson and Ella Henderson, Netflix, and Channel 4.
Anne Chmelewsky — Composer & Writer
Anne Chmelewsky is a composer, predominantly writing for screen and stage. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, she most recently scored Amma Asante’s upcoming feature film ‘Where Hands Touch” (2018).
Past projects include the music for the Emmy and Golden Globes nominated Derek (dir. Ricky Gervais, Netflix / C4). Her previous opera The Looking Screen has been performed extensively both throughout the UK and the Netherlands, as well as broadcast on UK radio. She has also written for The Independent and The Huffington Post. She released her first EP, Some One Lost, in 2017. annechmelewsky.com