To See The Invisible Emily Howard music Words by Selma Dimitrijevic after ashort story by Robert Silverberg Richard Baker conductorDan Ayling directorAna Inés Jabares-Pita designerSally Ferguson lighting designer Birmingham Contemporary Music GroupNicholas Morris The InvisibleAnna Dennis The Other InvisibleAnne Mason Mother / The JudgePeter Savidge Father / Brothel OwnerCaryl Hughes SisterDaniel Norman GuardNathan Vale Guard (duration approx. 75′) “And then they found me guilty, and then they pronounced me invisible, for a span of one year” Robert Silverberg, To See the Invisible Man Condemned for a ‘crime of coldness’ by an authoritarian regime, The Invisible is cast adrift from society. All human interaction is outlawed. This life of isolation leads to strange, vicarious thrills and painful inner torment. Yet, as the lonely exile draws to a close, it is not coldness but perilous empathy with a fellow Invisible that risks the cycle of exclusion beginning all over again…Emily Howard’s new opera, based on a short story by renowned American sci-fi writer Robert Silverberg, is a claustrophobic study of isolation; a dark satire on social conventions; and a stark reminder of our cruelty to outsiders. Howard’s music embraces extremes – the eerie beauty of The Invisible’s secluded psychological spaces set against the perpetual motion of the World of Warmth.‘austerely sensuous and sensuously austere’ Poet Sir Geoffrey Hill on Howard’s music The opening performance of To See The Invisible will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now Booking for this event has now closed.