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Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Grace McLean
Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater
IN THE GREEN is a pop opera exploring the origin story of one of Medieval history’s most powerful and creative women. Before Hildegard von Bingen became a doctor of the church, a saint, an exorcist, intimate of Popes and Holy Roman Emperors, author of the first western opera and numerous groundbreaking compositions of music, science and exegesis, she was a little girl locked in a cell.
Hildegard, given by her parents as a tithe to the church, and Jutta von Sponheim, an elective anchoress, shared a small cell connected to an abbey in the Rhineland region of Germany during the mid-12th century. There, unable to leave this literal tomb, they lived as dead to the world. Jutta served as tutor, mentor, mother and friend to Hildegard for over 30 years. Locked away together, these two shared a unique and heightened reality; leading one of them to embrace death, and the other to celebrate life as long as she lives it.
About the Team
Grace was a headlining performer and vocal instructor at the SingStrong a capella festivals in DC and Chicago in 2014 and in 2015 her band participated in a US State Department sponsored tour of Pakistan. Grace McLean & Them Apples headlined the Lincoln Center American Songbook in both 2015 and 2016, and Grace is the 2017 recipient of the Hunt Family Emerging Artist Award through Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Grace’s work as a performer and educator has taken her to Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Pakistan. In New York, you can find her band at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Ars Nova (where she developed the interactive concert experience Grace McLean: Lives in Concert) , and the Museum of the American Indian, where they performed as part of a panel discussion on storytelling for The Economist’s 2012 Ideas Summit. As a solo performer Grace has been seen at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, The McKittrick, BAM, the ACE Hotel (where she collaborates monthly with The Dance Cartel’s show OnTheFloor) and numerous other venues both uptown and downtown. She is also a frequent contributor to Obie winning investagative theater company The Civilians’ cabaret series “Let Me Ascertain You.”
McLean has developed work at CAP21, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Orchard Project, Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed, and her pop opera about 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater. Grace released her newest EP in May 2015, featuring the single, and her first feature video, “ Natural Disaster “. The band will release a new full length album in 2018. Make Me Breakfast , the 2012 EP from Grace McLean & Them Apples, is also available. Find out more at www.gracemclean.com