Opera

War Sum Up

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US Premiere
 
Nov 1—Nov 2, 2013
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 1hr 20min
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  $14—48
FULL PRICE TICKETS:  $20—60
 
 
 
 
 
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Music. Manga. Machine.

Hotel Pro Forma
Vocals by Latvian Radio Choir
Directed by Kirsten Dehlholm

“Painfully beautiful.”
—Politiken (Denmark)

In this beautiful, audacious merging of Japanese manga imagery, texts from traditional Noh theater, electronic sounds, and new music sung by the Latvian Radio Choir, War Sum Up ponders the essence of war.

Twelve bodies, shadow-dappled and anonymous, stand on a looming stage. They inhabit a scarred two-dimensional world, trapped behind projections of images of combat: an explosion, a suit of armor, a hand turning into a gun. Amid this stylized tableau are lush, dissonant chorales by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece, alternating with crackling soundscapes by British electronic pop group the Irrepressibles, intoning hymns to the warrior, spy, and soldier.

Music by The Irrepressibles, Santa Ratniece with Gilbert Nouno
Concept by Willie Flindt and Kirsten Dehlholm
Musical direction by Kaspars Putnins
Costumes by Henrik Vibskov
Lighting design by Jesper Kongshaug
Libretto from classic Noh theater edited by Willie Flindt
Manga drawings by Hikaru Hayashi

In Japanese with English subtitles
Read the BAM program notes for War Sum Up

Leadership support for War Sum Up provided by:

The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

 

Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by: 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation 

 

Major support provided by:
Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

 
 
 
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