Thursday 15th August & Friday 16th August, 2013
The Theatre of Sound
Trapped, abandoned and completely helpless. How often have we felt the light of hope fade into darkness and how frequently have we surrendered to melancholy and sadness? Lament opens a window into the mind of Ariadne, presenting a unique and brand new operatic sound world to express her feelings and action. Abandoned by her love, she longs for death and thinks her world will cease. But the sun always rises, and her lament becomes a path to new hope and rejuvenation.
Silent Opera present a newly devised opera based around the famous story of Ariadne. Using entirely synthesised sounds and technologies, this is the sound of a new method of presenting opera. This is the Theatre of Sound.
LAMENT is an entirely devised opera based on Monteverdi’s dramatic aria, ‘l’Arianna’. We took the character’s story and brought it into the contemporary world, creating a new version that sees her rejected by her lover and struggling with her enforced loneliness. We found synthesised and recorded sounds and moods that best reflected her dramatic state, re-‐applying the operatic line to create what we call the ‘Theatre of Sound’.
Silent Opera present a newly devised opera based around the famous story of Ariadne. Using entirely synthesised sounds and technologies, we have created a new way of presenting opera. This is the ‘Theatre of Sound’. Using live performance with pre-‐recorded effects, synthesisers and spoken word, LAMENT comprises a sound gallery of memories used to simulate the tortured world of Ariadne’s tormented soul – trapped, abandoned and completely helpless. LAMENT opens a window into the contemporary mind, presenting a unique and brand new operatic sound world to express feeling and action. Abandoned by her love, Ariadne longs for death and hopes for her world to cease. But the sun always rises, and her lament becomes a path to new hope and rejuvenation.
Music: David Gregory, Nicholas Fletcher & Claudio Monteverdi
Sound Design: David Gregory
Music Preparation: Nicholas Fletcher
Words: Ottavio Rinuccini
Lighting and Visual Design: Ziggy Jacobs
Director: Daisy Evans
Performer: Katie Slater
Daisy Evans was a recipient of the Sky Arts Futures Fund (in 2012) for her work as an opera director developing Silent Opera. Credits include: Wakening Shadow (Glyndebourne), L’Orfeo (Silent Opera), Così fan tutte (HGO), The Magic Flute (ENO Opera Squad), Pizzeria dall’Opera (Theatre Delicatessen), La bohème and Dido & Aeneas (Silent Opera). www.daisy-‐evans.com // www.silentopera.co.uk
David Gregory trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Recent credits include: Our Friends the Enemy (Theatre 503 and Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh), Alexandria (The Yard), Whisky and Coffee (Oval House), The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (Propeller Theatre Company) Pocket Henry 2012 (Propeller Theatre Company), 24 Hour Plays New Voices and Celebrity (Old Vic Theatre Company 2011). www.davidgregory.org.uk
Nicholas Fletcher trained as a repetiteur at the Royal Academy of Music. With Silent Opera he has worked on and developed L’Orfeo, and the Pizzeria dall’Opera.
Ziggy Jacobs graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Lighting Design course in 2011, after winning the 2010 Michael Northern prize for Remembrance of Things Past. Credits include: L’Orfeo (Silent Opera), Giselle (Joseph Mercier), Greek and East (Curve Theatre, Leicester), and numerous productions with physical theatre company PanicLab, and puppetry collective The Rainbow Collectors. www.ziggyjacobs.com
Katie Slater trained at Trinity college of Music. Operatic engagements include: Dorabella Così fan tutte (HGO), Hansel Hansel and Gretel (Kings Head Theatre), and Olga Eugene Onegin (Blackheath Community Opera), Sprite Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), and Mad Margaret Ruddigore (Buxton Opera House).