Ellen Reid: p r i s m (2018)

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, p r i s m tells the story of an ill girl, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, who live in a pristine sanctuary. Locked away from the world, Bibi and Lumee try to protect each other from the dangerous illness that lurks outside their door and has already infected Bibi’s legs- leaving her unable to walk. Every day Lumee attempts to feed Bibi medicine to heal her, yet each time Bibi is about to swallow her dose the Outside erupts into a fury- scaring Bibi from taking her medicine. One night, desperate to please her strict mother, Bibi attempts to swallow all of her missed doses, when she is interrupted by an intoxicating Blue light that pierces the sanctuary through the crack under their door. Seduced by the Outside’s kaleidoscopic beckoning, Bibi begins to rebel against her mother’s orders- fracturing their relationship and fragile life inside the sanctuary. Blinded by colors and memories new and familiar, Bibi must choose between abandoning her mother to discover the truth of her illness Outside, or accept her mother’s stories in order to hold on to the only life she’s ever known. p r i s m explores the elasticity of memory after trauma, and the lengths to which one will go to “feel better”- no matter the price.

Music ELLEN REID | Libretto ROXIE PERKINS
Direction JAMES DARRAH | Music direction JULIAN WACHNER
Choreography/assistant direction CHRIS EMILE
Scenic design ADAM RIGG | Costume design MOLLY IRELAN
Lighting design PABLO SANTIAGO-BRANDWEIN | Sound design GARTH MACALEAVEY
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Street

Websites:
https://www.bethmorrisonprojects.org/prism
https://ellenreidmusic.com/

Eva Reiter: MITRA (2018)

The portrait of an Iranian psychoanalyst who is wrongfully interned and her battle for freedom with almost mythical proportions.Following the cry for help from his Iranian colleague Mitra Kadivar, psychoanalyst Jacques-Alain Miller tries to free her from a psychiatric hospital in Teheran by means of e-mail correspondence. Based on this heartfelt correspondence Mitra brings the story of Kadivar’s fight. On the crossroads between opera, film and installation is this a genuine cry from the depths of imprisonment and isolation. Mitra attests of the resistance of our humanity, which is vulnerable and stands up against everything that destroys it. Besides this on-stage version Jorge León also made the film ‘Mitra’ which will be shown in selected international cinemas from autumn 2018.

CONCEPT | DIRECTION: JORGE LEÓN • COMPOSITION: EVA REITER • COMPOSITION CHORAL PARTS: GEORGE VAN DAM • MUSICAL SUPERVISION: GEORGES-ELIE OCTORS • DRAMATURGY: ISABELLE DUMONT • SCENOGRAPHY: THIBAULT VANCRAENENBROECK • COSTUMES: SILVIA HASENCLEVER • VIDEO: ALIOCHA VAN DER AVOORT • IMAGES: JORGE LEÓN • ALIOCHA VAN DER AVOORT • THOMAS SCHIRA • LIGHTING DESIGN: PETER QUASTERS • SOUND DESIGN: ALEXANDRE FOSTIER • SOPRANO: CLARON MCFADDEN • VOICES: MITRA KADIVAR • JAQUES-ALIN MILLER • PERFORMER: SIMONE AUGHTERLONY • CHILD: LAURENZ SCHÄFER • ENSEMBLE: ICTUS • MICHAEL SCHMID (FLUTE) • GERRIT NULENS (PERCUSSION) • GEORGE VAN DAM (VIOLIN) • EVA REITER (PAETZOLD RECORDER & BASS VIOLIN) • VOCALS: MM SOLISTS ENSEMBLE OF LA MONNAIE • CHOIR COACH: POLINA BOGDANOVA

Ictus: https://www.ictus.be/mitra

Transparant: http://www.transparant.be/en/productions/mitraEN-2018-2019

Hauen und Stechen: Fidelio – Ein deutscher Albtraum in vier Folgen (2018)

SCHWARZ. ЯOTZ. GOLD. STURM.

FIDELIO-EIN DEUTSCHER ALBTRAUM IN VIER FOLGEN nach Ludwig van Beethoven.

Um ihren politisch verfolgten Gatten aus dem Gefängnis zu befreien, arbeitet Leonore undercover als Gefängniswärter Fidelio. Doch nicht nur die Gefangenen, auch das Gefängnispersonal lebt gefährlich: In einem unübersichtlichen Fegefeuer der Folter und der Bürokratie muss es sich zwischen Karriere, Angst und der Hoffnung auf privates Glück zerreißen, während die versprochene symphonische Gerechtigkeit der utopischen Republik auf sich warten lässt. Statt treuer Gattenliebe und einem Schulbuchhumanismus erwarten Leonore in Schwarz-Rotz-Gold-Sturm. Fidelio – Ein deutscher Albtraum in vier Folgen eine lesbische Liebe und große Lust auf Kampf.

In ЯOTZ, dem zweiten Teil der Serie, hüllt sich Beethovens Befreiungsoper in rote Gewänder, um den Leichen aus den Kerkern des deutschen Idealismus auf den Leim zu gehen. Rot ist das Blut der Herrschenden, rot sind die Knöchel der Gerechten und das glühende Eisen, das sich auf ihre Haut presst. Rot ist die untergehende Sonne und das beginnende Fest, bei dem geknutscht und gerauft wird, vielleicht bis zur Revolution. Nach wie vielen Flaschen hört der Glaube an den Rechtsstaat auf? Nach wie vielen Flaschen öffnen wir die Tore der Gefängnisse?

VON UND MIT Musiktheaterkollektiv HAUEN•UND•STECHEN | REGIE Julia Lwowski | DRAMATURGIE Maria Buzhor | BÜHNE Romy Springsguth | KOSTÜME Ingibjörg Jara Sigurðardóttir | VIDEO Martin Mallon | SOPRAN Angela Braun | SCHAUSPIEL Gina-Lisa Maiwald, Wieland Schönfelder | BRATSCHE Louis Bona | SCHLAGWERK Evdoxia Filippou | KLAVIER/ORGEL Roman Lemberg | PERFORMANCE Geoffroy Grison, Tatjana Moutchnik REGIEASSISTENZ Marie Roth | AUSSTATTUNGSASSISTENZ Charlotta Hench | AUSSTATTUNGSHOSPITANZ Jorinde Sturm

Eine Produktion von Musiktheaterkollektiv HAUEN•UND•STECHEN in Koproduktion mit SOPHIENSÆLE. Gefördert im Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes und durch die Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa – Spartenoffene Förderung.

http://www.hauen-und-stechen.com

Damien Ricketson: THE HOWLING GIRLS (2018)

In the weeks following Sept 11, five young women present separately to hospitals in New York with identical symptoms. They are unable to swallow, and believe that some debris or body part from the destruction has lodged in their throats. The surgeon who examines them finds no obstruction.

The Howling Girls is a new chamber opera dissecting the medium and metaphor of the voice, its loss and attempted reconstitution. A solo voice constricted, wheezing, stammering, in decay, a teenage chorus of howling girls, an absent mass, an unearthly theremin, a spectacle of fragmented bodies and voices. A sublime aural and perceptual encounter.

  • Composer: Damien Ricketson
  • Musical Director: Jack Symonds
  • Director: Adena Jacobs
  • Set & Costume Design: Eugyeene Teh
  • Lighting Design: Jenny Hector
  • Sound Design: Bob Scott
  • With: Jane Sheldon and teenagers from 
    The House that Dan Built: Grace Campbell,
    Kittu Hoyne, Kiri Jenssen, Emily Pincock, 
    Jayden Selvakumaraswamy, Sylvie Woodhouse
  • Dates: 8pm Wed 28 March, Tue 3, Wed 4, Fri 6, Sat 7 April 2018
  • Venue: Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh

Composers Website: https://www.curiousnoise.com/live/

Venues Website: https://sydneychamberopera.com/?p=2441

Michael McQuilken: JIB, or, The Child Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was (2016)

JIB is a world premier new LIVING FILM+ROCK SHOW+GHOST PLAY, by Michael McQuilken (Grand Theft Orchestra, The Few Moments) featuring new music by AMANDA PALMER & JASON WEBLEY. The Windmill Factory (NIN, Phantogram, La Louvre) will design and produce the production with OLD SOUND ROOM Performance Ensemble (Yale School of Drama borne). The work is directed by Michael McQuilken (BAM, Prototype Festival, Amanda Palmer international tour) and features an all star cast including Leah Siegel (Leisure Cruise, Firehorse) playing the title role of JIB.

This truly multimedia work explores the interconnectedness of inspiration and the unseen forces which guide our lives through the rise and fall of singer/songwriter JIB. The audience is immersed in JIB’s world and quickly become part of the action. The premiere of JIB was crowd funded on Kickstarter with more than 602 backers pre-buying the new album, film, and tickets to the show.

Written and Directed by: Michael McQuilken, with additional text developed by the company
Cinematography by: Anne Cecelia Haney
Produced by: The Windmill Factory & Old Sound Room
​Design Leads: Maruti Evans & Nicholas Pope
Design Team: Jon Morris, Michael McQuilken, Zack McKenna, Stephanie di Bona, Laura Clarke
Music by: Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, The Few Moments, and Firehorse
Cast: Brenden Titley, Daniel Reece, Jillian Taylor, Joe Trombino, Jon Morris, Laura Gragtmans, Leah Siegel

Websites: https://www.michaeljosephmcquilken.com, https://www.oldsoundroom.com/jib

Brandt Brauer Frick: Gianni (2016)

Martin Butler and Brandt Brauer Frick developed an abstract narrative that sees the cross-section of opera, modern dance, electronic music and fashion. The death of Gianni Versace is at the epicentre, portrayed through the decadent style of 1980s vogueing culture.

The themes are desire and adoration, the promise of youth and beauty, the trappings of power and riches and auguries of unlimited sexual potency. Fashion can be defined as the presentation of the individual in an everyday setting, a presentation in which semblance merges with reality. It is also the international world of runways and supermodels. A designer will be hailed as the high priest of this world if he can promise to fulfil an existential expectation of happiness and do so in a way that appeals to the spirit of the times. Gianni Versace was one such high priest, yet there have been few other cases of star designers where such a meteoric rise has been followed by such an abrupt and tragic end. His path from Calabrian tailor and buyer of fabrics to fashion empire mogul ended with his murder by male prostitute and serial killer Andrew Cunanan outside Versace’s villa on Ocean Drive, Miami.

Director: Martin Butler
Music: Brandt Brauer Frick & Matthias Engler
Set & Video Design: Shan Blume
Costume Design: And Beyond
Dramaturge: Sebastian Hanusa
Choreographer: Susanne Marx

Pythia: Claron McFadden
Medusa/John: Alexander Geist
House Mother: Amber Vineyard
Andrew: Seth Carcio
Dancers & Extras: Alexander Mugler, Fredrik Quinones, Tarren Johnson
Boiler Room broadcast directed by Robert Sieg.

https://boilerroom.tv/recording/gianni-opera-brandt-brauer-frick/

https://www.deutscheoperberlin.de/en_EN/calendar/production/gianni.1082531

Rob Zuidam: Uwe Leipe Mastdramnis (2016)

At dusk an old shabby woman scraps around a massive pile of junk, in which she has gathered all her possessions and memories. She lights a candle, is confused, and mumbles. She endlessly arranges and rearranges her rubbish. Gradually, from under all her junk a bed becomes visible. It is her deathbed upon which she lays down after some delay. Wearily moaning, groaning and faltering. She starts to sing. At first with some hesitation, but increasingly with more pathos and ardour she brings a glowing and moving farewell to life. Once her aria is completed, she blows out the candle and rises to heaven. From afar we continue to hear her sing softly.

In Uwe Leipe Mastdrammis there is no text, not in the sense of a coherent language. The woman has no command of the language (anymore). The language used is fictitious and merely focused on sound and expression, using the voice in every conceivable form. Uwe Leipe Mastdrammis presents a portrait of a soul in the transition from life to death.

The staging is by Jeroen De Man (De Warme Winkel) with whom NAP has collaborated before in Anais Nin from Louis Andriessen.

Composer: Rob Zuidam
Mezzo-soprano: Gerrie de Vries
Stage-director: Jeroen De Man
Set-design: Arjen de Leeuw
Introduction: Connie Palmen
Première: 19 mei 2016

http://www.uk.nieuwamsterdamspeil.com/uwe-leipe-mastdramnis/

Du Yun: Angel’s Bone (2016)

Angel’s Bone is a new work of opera-theatre that follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife. Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails…then lock them in a room and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains. Angel’s Bone melds chamber music, theatre, punk rock, opera, cabaret, and electronics, exploring the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Music by Du Yun
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Music Direction by Julian Wachner
Directed by Michael McQuilken

Cast
Mrs. X.E. – Abigail Fischer
Mr. X.E. – Kyle Pfortmiller
Girl Angel – Jennifer Charles
Boy Angel – Kyle Bielfield

World Premiere January 6, 2016 @ 3LD Art & Technology Center, during the Prototype Festival 2016

http://prototypefestival.org/archive/show/angels-bone1/
http://channelduyun.com/angels-bone/

The Industry LA: Hopscotch (2015)

Imagine getting in a car without knowing the destination. Sharing the car are singers, actors, and instrumentalists who draw you into a story. The car stops at an incredible site, where another chapter of the story commences – until another car pulls up, with different artists, depicting another chapter of the story.

And so on, and so on, in a 90-minute journey throughout the unsuspecting city.

http://hopscotchopera.com/
https://theindustryla.org/

Roman Grygoriv & Illia Razumeiko: IYOV (2015)

An opera-requiem, IYOV is a story of the biblical character Job’s life, pride and disbelief. Named for the Hebrew word for Job, IYOV centers on the man’s search for life’s meaning through a synthesis of musical and theatrical techniques ranging from ancient Greek drama to baroque opera and more. Combining minimalism and the avant-garde, neoclassicism and rock, the music of IYOVfeatures polyphonic choral episodes and instrumental interludes that alternate with a full range of the human voice: everything from classical, jazz and folk singing to breathing, screaming, whispering and overtone singing. At the center of IYOV’s musical landscape is an exceptional piano that sonically transforms into a self-contained orchestra, echoing a harpsichord, drums, and even a synthesizer and other electronic instruments. An extraordinary Ukrainian opera, IYOV blends an emotional journey, the birth of a new sound, and the endless possibilities of the human voice.

Director Vladyslav Troitskyi
Conductor & Composer Roman Grygoriv
Composer Illia Razumeiko
Live Video Mixer Mariia Volkova
Lighting Designer Nataliya Perchyshena
Sound Engineer Caley Monahon-Ward

Cast
Actor Tetiana Troitska
Singer Mariana Holovko
Singer Ruslan Kirsh
Singer Andrii Koshman
Singer Hanna Marych
Singer Yevhen Rakhmanin
Singer Oleksandra Turyanska
Instrumentalist Zhanna Marchinska
Instrumentalist Andrii Nadolskyi
Instrumentalist Illia Razumeiko

IYOV was created in 2015 at the order of the festival of contemporary art, GogolFestIYOV is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Show Run Time: 70 Minutes

Photo by Vasyl Osadchyi

http://prototypefestival.org/show/iyov/

Premiere: September 21, 2015, GogolFest