Leaves - The Colour of Falling
A new opera by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra @barbicancentre
Disastrous concert production of an opera which was all the rage @cphoperafest 2015, when it was staged in an abandoned nuclear shelter at the Municipal Hospital Copenhagen.
The performers are great all around, but taken out of context the opera suffers a grim fate on the Barbican concert stage. The white "costumes" makes it look like a school play from hell. The small talk from the stage breaks the flow of the concert format and abandons all potential of dystopian context.
I opted to close my eyes in order to enjoy the music, which is genuinely interesting. Listening to "retired" opera diva Lisbet Balslev was such a treat. I have such fond memories of her fierce Wagner performances during my early tweens. I'm happy that she was celebrated again last night. What a soprano voice that woman still possess!
New sounds to listen forward to 👂🏻👂🏽👂🏿 Danish sound artists #JacobKirkegaard and #KatinkaFoghVindelev will present the first performances of their new sound works Eustachia and Stereocilia at our contemporary arts festival ART ALIVE 6-7 May.
Photo: Kirkegaard and Vindelev – Eustachia – for two voices, 2016.
Curiuos about the full #ArtAliveFestival programme? Go to our website (link in bio 👆)