Evangelia Rigaki
Assistant Professor, Music

Biography

Evangelia Rigaki has a diverse compositional portfolio ranging from instrumental works to experimental music theatre, opera and dance. She is intrigued by theatricality, collaboration with musicians, singers, performance artists, poets and directors. Her compositions are rooted in instrumental theatre and experimental music theatre. In Trinity Evangelia teaches undergraduate and postrgraduate courses, supervises 6 PhD students and is the Director of the MPhil in Composition and the Music Composition Centre. In March 2014 she organized the International Composition Conference, 'Composition in the 21st Century' which featured Sir. Harrison Birwistle as the keynote speaker. Evangelia's compositions have been performed in venues such as the Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House 2), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Darmstadt New Music Summer Course, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham Festival, Operadagen Rotterdam Festival, Dublin Innovation festival and the Beckett Theatre. Recent projects include: the Arts Council funded opera "AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades' which she composed (libretto by W.N. Herbert) and produced. The installation 'The Pregnant Box' written for solo singer and solo flute player in a specially constructed confession box, and a wandering choir. The object music theatre piece 'Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean' and the installation/music theatre performance AMENd.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Taste I/II/III', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017

Evangelia Rigaki, 'AMENd', 2017, - Musical Score, 2017

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Music', 2016, - Musical Score, 2016

Evangelia Rigaki, The Pregnant Box, genesis and develoment. , Music Department, University of Glasgow, February 2016, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Evangelia Rigaki, Analysis and discussion of my recent compositions. , Music Department, University of Brunel, March 2016, 2016, Music Department University of Brunel Invited Talk, 2016

Evangelia Rigaki Composer, Agnes Limbos Director, 'Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean', Rottundes, Luxembourg, 2015, - Musical Score, 2015

Evangelia Rigaki creator/composer, Libretto: W.N. Herbert, Catherine Conlon, 'The Pregnant Box', Trinity College Dublin, Front Square, 2014, - Exhibition, 2014

Evangelia Rigaki, 'AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades', Beckett Theatre, Dublin, Arts Council, 2013, - Musical Score, 2013

Evangelia Rigaki, 'Exploring Notions of Theatricality in Music', UCD School of Music, 15 October 2012, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Evangelia Rigaki, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant': The Post-minimalist Gerald Barry?, Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Leuven, 12-15 October 2011 Conference Paper,

Evangelia Rigaki, Experimental Music Theatre, DIT College of Music, March 2015 Invited Talk,

Evangelia Rigaki, On Music and Collaboration, 17 February 2010, Music Department, University of Sussex Invited Talk,

Evangelia Rigaki, Singing the Unutterable: Extended vocal techniques for dramatic purposes in contemporary opera & music theatre, Song, Stage and Screen Conference, University of Winchester, September 2010 Conference Paper,

Evangelia Rigaki, Talk and question and answer session about my recent compositions., 15 March 2011, Music Department, University of Bristol Invited Talk,

Research Expertise

Description

Composition, Instrumental Theatre, Experimental Music-Theatre, Contemporary Opera, Musicals, Extended Techniques, Impovisation, Collaborative Practices, Mixed Media.

Projects

  • Title
    • AMENd
  • Summary
    • AMENd is a work for female percussionist and two bass drums. Inspired by the Repeal Movement in Ireland, AMENd was written for and developed in close collaboration with Jennifer Torrence. With the performer standing alone between two large bass drums, AMENd depicts the struggle of duality, of being more than one, of having a body that is also an-other's body, of losing one's own body, of becoming only a body. Traversing the complexities of this in-between, AMENd moves fluidly from tenderness to violence, from public ritual to private confessional. AMENd is incarnated with two versions for public performance: as a music piece with a duration of 18 minutes, or as an installation-performance with a duration of 9 hours.
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Monsieur Jean & Monsieur Jean
  • Summary
    • Object Music Theatre, Director Agnes Limbos, Lucilin Ensemble, To be premiered in Traffo, CarréRotondes, Luxembourg
  • Funding Agency
    • CarreRotondes
  • Date From
    • September 2015
  • Date To
    • April 2015
  • Title
    • The Pregnant Box
  • Summary
    • Words by W.N. Herbert, after a text by Catherine Conlon Written for singer and flutist in a specially constructed confession box and a wandering choir.
  • Funding Agency
    • Research Night TCD & Long Room Hub
  • Date To
    • September 2014
  • Title
    • AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Director: John Lloyd Davies, Beckett Theatre, Dublin, December 2013
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts Council IE
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • December 2013
  • Title
    • 'Evocation'
  • Summary
    • String Trio written for Kirkos Ensemble
  • Date To
    • May 2013
  • Title
    • 'Departed'
  • Summary
    • Words by John Lloyd Davies (out of his libretto 'Penelope in Connemara' Song written for Michelle O'Rourke
  • Funding Agency
    • Creative Lab, New Music Dublin Festival 2013
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • March 2013
  • Title
    • 'To Be Elsewhere'
  • Summary
    • Trio written for Ensemble Avalon, performed November 2011
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Title
    • 'Professional Suicide'
  • Summary
    • Words: Tamsin Collison, Director: John Lloyd Davies, First Performance: Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House 2), January 2011
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • 'Lullabaloo'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Music & Director: Evangelia Rigaki Visuals: Andreas Papanastasiu, Written for Cabaret Artist Margitta Zalite, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London,Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • 'Dyarchia'
  • Summary
    • Written for and priemered by Ensemble Amorpha, London, The Forge, March 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • 'Exiles'
  • Summary
    • Words: Constandine Cavafy, Director: Sjaron Minailo, First Performance: Ostadetheater, Amsterdam, December 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Little Instruments of Apprehension'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert Choreography: Darren Ellis, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London, Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Tutare'
  • Summary
    • For 4 tabla players and 4 percussionists, First performance: Queen Elizabeth Hall, April 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Hadith Al Rouh' (Dutch title: Gesprekken Van De Ziel)
  • Summary
    • Words: Sjaron Minailo (after the song 'Hadith Al Rouh' by Oum Kalthoum), Director: Sjaron Minailo, First Performance: Operadagen Rotterdam Festival, May 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'Antonius is Forsaken by His God'
  • Summary
    • Words: Constantine Cavafy, First Performance: Manchester Cathedral, John Armitage Memorial Concert (JAM), March 2009
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • 'String Quartet'
  • Summary
    • First Performance: Barbirolli Quartet, Cheltenham Festival, July 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Bumblepuppy'
  • Summary
    • Words: W.N. Herbert, Director: Bill Bankes Jones, First Performance: Riverside Studios, London, Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, August 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • '...but only water'
  • Summary
    • For prepared percussion, premiered by Matthew Jenkins, Darmstadt Internation Summer Couse (IMD), Studio Concert, July 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Poios Ekane Pipi sto Missisipi?'
  • Summary
    • Words: Adapted by Evangelia Rigaki after the same titled children story by Eugene Trivizas, Director: Anastasia Chatziliadou, First Performance: Pais Opera Festival, Opera of Thessaloniki, May 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • 'Tempt My Better Angel'
  • Summary
    • Choreography: Darren Ellis, First Performance: The Place, London, June 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • 'The Dress I Wear'
  • Summary
    • Words: Emily Dickinson, First Performance: BBC Singers, July 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • 'Narcissus'
  • Summary
    • Words: Evangelia Rigaki (after Ovid) First Performance by Damien Harron, The Hydraulic Station, London, March 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007

Recognition

Awards and Honours

2012, Opera Project Award (Presentation), Arts Council IE

2012, Opera Project Award (Development), Arts Council IE

2010, Royal Opera House, Composition Residency (VOX 2)

2010, Die Neuköllner Oper, Composition Residency (Open Forum Stipendiat)

2009, Arts Council UK and SPNM Composition Residency for Researching Notation for Tabla (alongside other composers and percussionists)

2008, ENMR (European Network for Musicological Research) Fellowship for post-doctoral research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2008, Britten-Pears Young Artist Composition Residency (New Music-New Media), Aldeburgh

2007, Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, Composition Residency, Aldeburgh

2006, Opera Writing Composition Residency, Aldeburgh

Memberships

Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland January 2013

Shortlisted Composer for Society for Promotion of New Music, UK (former named SPNM) 2006 – 2009