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David Lang’s "the whisper opera" in Hannover, Germany


  • Orangerie Hanover Germany (map)

(via ICE)

ICE brings the whisper opera, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang’s compelling work of lyric theater, to a very small audience in Hannover for its German premiere! The piece premiered at MCA Chicago and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where the New York Times praised the work’s “contemplative allure … which comes from its pervasive softness, stillness, intimacy.”

This one-of-a-kind work is performed with the musicians, singer, and audience enclosed in an intimate onstage set. Scored for soprano, flute, clarinet, percussion, and cello, the libretto of "the whisper opera" is performed almost entirely in whispers, audible thanks to director Jim Findlay’s innovative design. As he developed the work, David Lang wondered: “What if a piece were so quiet and so personal to the performers that you needed to be right next them or you would hear almost nothing? A piece like this would have to be experienced live. The only way this piece can be received is if you are there, listening very very closely.”

Performances
Sunday, May 15, 18:00   
Sunday, May 15, 20:30   
Monday, May 16, 15:30
Monday, May 16, 18:00

Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen
Orangerie
Hannover, Germany

Tickets available here.