Bachtrack: NODO marches on with double bill of Cígler and Ayres

publikováno: 30.6.2016

The third night of New Opera Days Ostrava was the lengthiest and most formal night of the festival, taking place in the Antonín Dvořák Theatre and consisting of a double bill of two hour-long operas. Petr Cíglers Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object, a NODO commission, was presented in its world première (in Czech with English surtitles), following which Richard Ayres No. 42 (In the Alps), originally in English, was given its staged première with Czech surtitles. Mr Ayres has devoted himself full-time to composition ever since enrolling in Morton Feldmans Darmstadt summer courses in 1986, while Mr Cígler is a chemist and molecular designer by trade, and only composes made to measure compositions with the cooperation of performers and festivals. Mr Ayres opera incorporates animal sounds and a silent narration, while Mr Cígler opera incorporates narration (about a silent rattlesnake) that is spoken and even occasionally rapped. Despite these differences, the two operas explore similar themes, such as unconventional modes of storytelling and myth, that have been explored throughout the festival. >>>

Rebecca Lentjes