The failures of major record label EMI has claimed a lot of scalps over the past few years, and Mara Carlyle has been one of the artists to find support for their album yanked out from beneath them like a bolting horse beneath a gallows. With her long-completed second album Nuzzle having now languished in exile for two years, Mara is throwing in the towel and accepted that it may never officially see the light of day.
Instead, the opera-trained singer revealed in a newsletter to fans that she’s focusing on some exciting new collaborations. Among them is a joint project with Streetwise Opera on a brand new, seven-minute film opera due to premiere in December, teaming up with composer Emily Hall, BAFTA-winning filmmaker Gaelle Denis, producer Matt Peacock and a variety of other participants on an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s fables The Nightingale & The Rose. The project, dubbed ‘Fables – A Film Opera’, will also see three other stories – The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Japanese fable Hey Come On Out and Hartlepool Monkey – adapted by other artists, including Mira Calix. Follow progress on the project here.