Trouble is a lush and gritty program inspired by a palette of shifting drones, acid house, electronics, Dada and silk scarves. Featuring the music of New York-based composers at the boundaries of contemporary classical, jazz and electronic music, the program includes works by Caroline Shaw, Florent Ghys, Missy Mazzoli, Pascal LeBoeuf and Nico Muhly.
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Norwegian National Opera performs The Listeners at Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo, Norway (World Premiere) [POSTPONED]
From FEDORA:”The Listeners is an opera about our desperate desire to belong, our search for community and meaning, and the power of charismatic leaders who exploit these desires.
“A middle-class mother living in a southwestern US suburb notices a ‘hum,’ a high-frequency environmental noise that only a select few people, ‘the Listeners,’ can hear. A community organization quickly forms to solve the mystery of the hum, but when a de facto leader suggests a spiritual significance the meetings become increasingly cult-like, ritualized experiences. It becomes clear that this community of ‘Listeners’ is on a collision course of destruction.
“This opera examines the lengths to which we are willing to go in order to find a sense of place and purpose, and the way in which charismatic leaders can exploit these needs to their own ends. An enduring part of our American identity is a sense of deserved and inevitable success and happiness. When this imagined future collides with the realities and struggles of everyday life, dazzling and predatory leaders offering a ‘quick fix’ can easily prey on the vulnerabilities of the lonely and lost.”
Presented digitally through the LA Opera On Now initiative, this compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trierʼs 1996 cinematic masterpiece reaches audiences through an incredibly emotional filmed performance After a near-fatal accident leaves Bessʼs new husband, Jan, paralyzed, he implores her to take lovers (quite the ask). Torn between her husbandʼs wishes and the traditional values of her small community and her church, she determinedly follows her faith to a tragic end.
Winner of the 2017 award for “Best New Opera” by the Music Critics Association of North America, groundbreaking composer Missy Mazzoli’s first large-scale opera is already recognized as one of the most powerful music-theater pieces of our time.