"Take Care of Your Good Friend" Setting is ancient Rome, inside Caesar's villa. Varus and Honoria accept that sometimes friendship has to be satisfying enough. Soprano: Michelle Trovato (Honoria) Mezzo Soprano: Kristin Behrmann (Varus) Composer/director/design/animation: Matthew Pittsinger Librettist: Craig Sturgis Animation engine: Moviestorm Orchestra sound libraries: East West Symphonic Orchestra, Platinum Plus DAW: Reaper Professional Composed in: Sibelius 7 Lip syncing tool: Vocaloid (visual sync only)+ More details
The emperor of Rome chastises his primo general for his affrontery and sass. Bass singer: Thomas Forde Composer/Animator: Matthew Pittsinger Librettist: Craig Sturgis DAW: Reaper Professional Composed in: Sibelius 7 Animation engine: Moviestorm 1.6.3 Orchestral Sound Library: East West Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus+ More details
The Emperor Valentinian greets Aetius, who is returning from the wars in military triumph. The scene is set in the ancient Roman Forum during the evening. Animation suite: Moviestorm 3d Rendering: Sketchup, Blender Composed in: Sibelius 7 Music rendered in: Repear Professional Orchestration Library: East West Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus+ More details
"Deep in your heart . . ." Music by Param Vir Libretto by David Rudkin Video by Hans Hijmering Soprano: Charlotte Riedijk Baritone: Alistair Shelton-Smith Stage Direction: Jos van Kan Commissioned, produced and performed by OCTOPUS Haarlem, The Netherlands October 2008 Inspired by the collection of folkloric tales 'Healers on the Mountain' by Teresa Pijoan Opera Copyright © Param Vir 2008 SYNOPSIS OF OPERA At a tribal gathering, a young man and young woman see each other, and fall in love. But she, West-Wind-Rising, is married with a child. He, Raven Caller, is in subjection to a witch who, in her jealous fury, punishes him with the loss of his memory and magical powers. But in his unconscious, his song of love sings on. Guided by it, West- Wind-Rising sets out on a difficult and dangerous journey to find him. Her way brings her toward the mysterious Black Feather Mountain, from where his song seems to be coming. As she clambers down a sheer rock-face, a raven attacks her, and she falls. Raven Caller finds her broken body almost lifeless. Once, with his healing powers, he could have restored her. Now he does not even recognize her; he cannot remember even his own name . . . In one continuous scene, they re-awaken each to themselves and each other, and by the miracle of love their lives and powers are restored.+ More details
Only 6 performances at ENO The Story... When his adored sister’s death awakes him to a realisation of life’s essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality. Based upon Albert Camus’s existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert’s 2006 opera – ‘perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century’ (Tempo) – offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship. Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera’s themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games. Performances May 25, 29, 31 & June 7, 9, 14 at 7.30pm 6 performances. Running time: 2hrs 30mins Pre-performance talk: Tue May 29, 5.30-6.15pm, £5 / £2.50 concs+ More details
The artists from dream seminar talk about their experience creating this Swedish/American opera. Using a highly collaborative process and improvisation 22 artists from 7 countries have collaborated to create this piece based on poetry of Tomas Tranströmer with music by American composer Ellen Lindquist.+ More details
Tenor Timur Bekbosunov performs Deadly Belle's Aria from Crescent City (Scene 4), a new opera by Anne LeBaron. Premiered in Los Angeles on May 10, 2012 by the contemporary opera project The Industry, and directed by Yuval Sharon, the opera has been a resounding success among both critics and the audience. Mark Swed of Los Angeles Times praised Crescent City as "darkly mysterious, troubling yet weirdly exuberant" and also that "we now have something that can genuinely be called L.A. opera" and Timur's portrayal "A drag queen, Deadly Belle, provides a delicious Brechtian cynical summing up of the ensuing chaos. Tenor-and-then-some Timur Bekbosunov was a riot as Deadly Belle, with his stratospheric voice and his stratospheric platform shoes. But his is that rare over-the-topness that conveys authentic emotion. "+ More details
Over the next nine months or so, Digital Composer-in-Residence David T. Little will be conducting candid interviews with some very exciting creative people, including producer Beth Morrison, composers Ted Hearne, Darcy James Argue, Corey Dargel, Leo Chadburn (aka Simon Bookish), and more. We continue with Beth Morrison, creative producer and force behind Beth Morrison Projects. She's produced (or is producing) works by Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, David T. Little and more.+ More details
Utilizing the voice of an operatic singer, DIVA showcases the considerable power of music as the most universal form of communication as it pertains to emotion. For the installation the songs performed are liberated from the plot of the operas they originate from and exist as individual pieces. The songs used in the installation were selected as the best examples of expressing grand emotions such as love, sorrow and joy. The scale and close up of the face, the most expressive part of the body, is meant to better connect the viewer to the emotions expressed by the music and the performance. The face of the singer has been digitally altered and turned a brilliant blue. This along with the digitized appearance is meant to create a feeling of otherworldliness and to update the classic form of opera for the digital age. The songs and video performance are original recordings of operatic soprano Andrea Green.+ More details
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