Bachtrack: Aventures: Ligeti and Kotík at New Opera Days Ostrava opening night

publikováno: 29.6.2016

I was a bit skeptical as I trekked across Ostrava for the first night of New Opera Days Ostrava, seeking the venue Důl Hlubina – Staré koupelny which Google had dubiously translated as Coal Mine Hlubina – Old Bathrooms. Ive listened to contemporary music in some weird places before, but never an abandoned toilet. Fortunately I made it to the venue on time – a multi-story semi-industrial space featuring two performance halls as well as restrooms that were in fact rather new-looking – because the space was quickly overflowing. Audience members, some of whom sipped wine or ate popsicles, stood along the back walls or, alternatively, sat in the front on the numerous pillows on offer. The festival, abbreviated as NODO, is the brainchild of Petr Kotík and the opening night featured a double bill: Ligetis Aventures and Nouvelle Aventures, followed by the world première of Mr Kotíks William William in the hall upstairs. A biennial experimental music theater festival now in its third iteration, it features numerous world premières and commissions, as well as Czech premières of older works including the Ligeti opera. >>>

Rebecca Lentjes