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Icons/Idols: Irene

The unlikely story of a child bride who ascends to the heart of Byzantine power. Harboring a treasonous secret that marks her as the enemy of her husband and son, Irene must finally choose her side in the iconoclastic wars. With a haunting score inspired by Byzantine Chant, and featuring the voices of ten women and non-binary performers, ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE is a sweeping story of ambition, sacrifice, and the struggle to make something new out of a shattered world. A twelve-episode musical audio narrative by the Byzantine Choral Project.

Written by Helen Banner

Composed by Grace Oberhofer

Featuring Hilary Asare (Narrator), Iris Beaumier (Cyra), Isabella Dawis (Constantine VI), Hannah Eakin (Constantine V), Julia Izumi (Court), Grace Oberhofer (Court), Lukas Papenfusscline (Staurakios), Shanta Parasuraman (Megaris), Yael Shavitt (Leo) and Kay Weber (Irene)

Music Direction by Robert Frost

Audio Engineering by Nathan Leigh

Sound Design by Grace Oberhofer and Nathan Leigh

Featured Foley Artist Nicole Orabona

Produced by Emily Caffery

ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE was adapted from a stage play to a podcast in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded under a SAG-AFTRA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Its development has received support from OPERA America, New York Council on the Arts, The New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency, The Tank, and New Georges. An excerpt of ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE was shared with live audiences at New Ohio Theatre in May 2021 in the immersive sound installation ICONS/IDOLS: IN THE PURPLE ROOM.

If you enjoy this podcast, you can support our work with a tax-deductible donation to the Byzantine Choral Project: byzantinechoralproject.com/donate


E12 - Outside of Eden
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E10 - Tell Mama
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E11 - The Purple Room
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E09 - The Old Gods
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E08 - A New Crown
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E07 - A Doll
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E06 - Two Flocks of Birds
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E05 - Peek-a-Boo
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E03 - Love All Your Ladies
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E04 - The Stranger
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E01 - Paint Me
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E02 - Bride Show
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ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE First Listen: "Look On Me"
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ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE First Listen: Episode 1 Excerpt
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