Orlando and Tiresias

Meeting on an Unmarked Plane

painting by Makis E. Warlamis

The setting here is stark—an empty, windswept plane—the sort of set that Waiting for Godot is often staged on: we’re far out between towns, deep within some countryside, where two people are unlikely to encounter each other. Tiresias, the Blind Prophet of Thebes, is on a walk, and along comes Orlando, the title character from Virginia Woolf’s novel. Orlando, who is of noble birth, has only recently been changed—inexplicably—during seven mysterious days of unbroken sleep—from a man to a woman, and is crossing this plane heading from Constantinople back to England, his homeland. Tiresias assumes that Orlando will ask him for advice, and so speaks first.


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Text by Mandy Kahn

Music by Ellen Reid
Text by Mandy Kahn
Performed by Jodie Landau, wild Up, & Graduale Nobili
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson
Co-Produced by Jodie Landau & Christopher Rountree
Engineered and Edited by Valgeir Sigurðsson & Paul Evans
Additional Mixing by Paul Evans
Assistants: Bridget Feral and Dominik Suchy

Recorded at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland Between August 2014 and January 2015


Countertenor, Percussion, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Bass