Operation : Orfeo is a
musical work that draws on the basic principles of visual
art. A reconceptualisation of the opera genre. Causal and
dramaturgic sequence in libretto and music is replaced by
a series of tableaux and compositions informed by purely visual
and auditive principles rather than by dramatic modes of narration.
The performance is a visual interpretation which comes to
rediscover the basic elements of traditional opera.
The myth about Orpheus' journey to the
underworld is not retold in a direct way. The libretto is
a sensuous flow of words performed as symphonic a cappella
singing. Like a glowing poem it dives into the fluid, colorful
and shady underworld of the ocean to re-emerge at the Roof
of the World in the middle of a death cult being performed.
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