Claudia Rankine '93

Mile Long Opera Featuring Music by Claudia Rankine ‘93 and Singing by Staff Member Rich Dikeman

September 7, 2018

Mile Long Opera logoFrom October 3rd-7th, the High Line will host the Mile Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock, a free performance where one thousand singers will sing about the experiences of New Yorkers. Mile Long Opera is co-created by the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and composer David Lang, with lyrics and words written by the poets Claudia Rankine '93 and Anne Carson.


“The stories sung in the The Mile-Long Opera have been gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7:00 pm means to them,” according to the event’s website. “They reveal a vast spectrum of feelings and perspectives—and, by extension, represent the diverse character of the city’s inhabitants and their individual experiences.”


School of the Arts staff member Rich Dikeman will provide vocal accompaniment during Mile Long Opera with Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, described as “one of NY’s most highly regarded chamber choral ensembles...known for its eclectic repertoire, encompassing music from the Renaissance to the contemporary.”


There will also be various community events leading up to the event, such as walks paired with oral history, movement and dance sessions, and community conversations.


Alumna Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, most notably Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004) and the acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2015). Citizen, which examines race, prejudice, and pop culture in America, was selected for the National Book Critics Circle Award, named a finalist for the National Book Award, and received stellar critical reviews. Rankine is now a faculty member at Yale University. Most recently, her new play, The White Card, which was directed by Theatre Professor Diane Paulus '97, opened at ArtsEmerson in Boston in February 2018.


Tickets for Mile Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock are free, but must be reserved. Get on the waitlist here.