19:00-19:50, Friday 9th September 2022

The Cockpit

 

Music: Helgi R. Ingvarsson

Words: Rebecca Hurst

 

“Music and the Brain”, an opera about brain damage. Inspired by Musicophilia, writings of neurologist Oliver Sacks, it tells the story of The Singer, whose successful career has been cut short by an accident. The resulting brain injury has caused her to lose the ability to comprehend music and perform. She is treated by The Doctor, who, as well as being a fan of The Singer, hopes that his research on this rare and interesting case will redeem him in the eyes of the academic community. The show has already had a successful premiere run in Iceland and Sweden in 2021-22 prior to this, its UK premiere.

 

Nominated in 2022 for Gríman (Iceland’s annual stage arts awards) in the category “Sproti ársins” which gives an award for “originality or outstanding innovation.”

 

Age Rating: Mostly adults, 15+

Content Advisory: to see content advisories for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2022 shows, click here.

 

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

 

Produced by Helgi R. Ingvarsson

 

Venue: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH.

 

 

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Composer: Helgi R. Ingvarsson

Librettist: Rebecca Hurst

The Singer: Thorgunnur Anna Ornolfsdottir

The Doctor: Gunnar Gudbjornsson

Piano: Antonia Hevezi

Flute: Helen Whitaker

Composer: Helgi R. Ingvarsson

Librettist: Rebecca Hurst

The Singer: Thorgunnur Anna Ornolfsdottir

The Doctor: Gunnar Gudbjornsson

Piano: Antonia Hevezi

Flute: Helen Whitaker