NODO 2016 - New Opera Days Ostrava

Publikováno: 25.4.2016

The New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO)
June 27-30, 2016

World Premieres by Petr Cígler (Czech Republic), Petr Kotik (U.S./Czech Republic), and Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran); Staged premiere by Richard Ayres (UK/Netherlands)

Czech premieres of György Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, and Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia

Ostravská banda, String Noise, Canticum Ostrava

Ostrava Center for New Music, in collaboration with the National Moravian Silesian Theatre, is pleased to announce the 2016 New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO) to take place at Ostrava (Czech Republic), June 27-30. Now in its 3rd installment, this biennial festival explores the outer reaches of contemporary music-theater and features premieres especially composed for the festival. NODO is an extension of Ostrava Days, the biennial summer institute and festival of new music that has taken place in Ostrava since 2001.

NODO will open and close with two major experimental chamber operas to be performed for the first time in the Czech Republic. György Ligeti’s Aventures and his subsequent Nouvelles Aventures (1962/65) – both enacting a drama of emotions set to a non-narrative text – will feature soloists from Berlin and Ostravská banda led by Petr Kotik (June 27).  Iannis Xenakis’ most celebrated work – his epic Oresteia (1965-66, rev. 1969/87/89) – will feature baritone Holger Falk, the Children Choir Permoník, Canticum Ostrava, and Ostravská banda, also conducted by Petr Kotik (June 30).

NODO 2016 will present three world premieres:

> Petr Cígler (Czech Republic): Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal (20015/16), with libretto by Petr Odo Macháček
Performed by Ostravská banda under the direction of Ondřej Vrabec (assistant conductor of the Czech Philharmonic), Cígler’s opera follows the encounter of a man, woman and rattlesnake, and their ensuing relationship involving  “deep understanding, high level of tension and merciless combats, with protracted, sinuous movements and extremely sharp, precise assaults.” A prominent figure on the contemporary Czech music scene, Cígler’s works have been performed at the Prague Spring Festival, Ostrava Days, the Exposition of New Music and many other festivals.

> Petr Kotik: William William (2016) (U.S./Czech Republic)
Commissioned by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, William William is a dance-opera, featuring choreography by Lucie Hayashi, and scored for five dancers, three singers, one narrator, and the violin duo, String Noise. The work explores situations in which unforeseen turns of events fundamentally change the condition of human existence. The libretto (sung and narrated) was adapted by Petr Kotik from Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (1608), and a short excerpt from an autobiographical text by Natalie Babel, the daughter of the great Russian poet Isaac Babel (1894-1940).

> At the Waters of Lethe (2015/16) by Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran), with libretto and electronics by Martyna Kosecka (Poland)
The co-funders of Spectro Centre for New Music – devoted to experimental electroacoustic music – collaborate for this new chamber opera, where Lethe – the Greek goddess of the underworld river of forgetfulness and oblivion – reviews the life choices of characters such Gesualdo da Venosa, Alfred Schnittke, Robert Schumann, and a man named Edward Mordake.  The work will be performed by the Iranian mezzo-soprano Alma Samimi, among others, and Ostravská banda, conducted by Rolf Gupta.

Also part of NODO will be the premiere of the staged version of Richard Ayres’ #42 In the Alps (2007-8), featuring soprano Lydia Brotherton and Ostravská banda conducted by Rolf Gupta. Following the format of a traditional melodrama with its unrequited love and a quest destined to fail, the work explores the relationship of text narrative and musical narrative, early cinema, and the folk and popular music of the Alpine region.

For more information on NODO, visit:

Monday, June 27, 2016, 7pm, 8.30pm
Brick House, Coal Mine Hlubina

György Ligeti: Aventures(1962/65) / Czech Premiere
György Ligeti: Nouvelles Aventures (1965) / Czech Premiere
Director and Stage Design: Katharina Schmitt

Petr Kotik, Conductor
Lydia Brotherton, Soprano
Lena Haselmann, Mezzo Soprano
Markus Hollop, Baritone
Ostravská banda

Petr Kotik: William William (2016) / World Premiere
Dance opera
Libretto by Petr Kotik on text by William Shakespeare and Nathalie Babel
Petr Kotik, Conductor
Choreography: Lucie Hayashi
Lydia Brotherton, Soprano
Markus Hollop, Baritone
Adrian Rosas, Bass
String Noise, Violin Duo

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7pm
Cultural Center Cooltour
Idin Samimi Mofakham: At the Waters of Lethe (2015/16) / World Premiere
In cooperation with Spectro Center for New Music (Krakow, Teheran)
Libretto, Electronics: Martyna Kosecka
Director: Ewelina Grzechnik
Stage Design: Marta Grądzka

Rolf Gupta, Conductor
Alma Samimi, Mezzo Soprano
Adrian Rosas, Bass
Arash Roozbehi, Baritone
Abdolreza Rostamyan, Tenor
Karol Bartosiński, Countertenor
Ostravská banda

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:30pm, 8:30pm
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
Petr Cígler: Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object (2015-16) / World Premiere
Libretto: Petr Odo Macháček (in Czech with English Subtitles)
Director: Petr Odo Macháček
Stage Design: David Bazika

Ondřej Vrabec, Conductor
Aneta Bendová, Soprano
Eva Gieslová, Soprano
Vojtěch Semerád, Tenor
Josef Škarka, Baritone
Actors: Divadlo Kámen
Ostravská banda

Richard Ayres: #42 In the Alps (2007-8) / World premiere of the Stage Version
In cooperation with Studio Hrdinů, Prague
Libretto: Richard Ayres  (In English with Czech Subtitles)
Director: Jan Horák
Stage Design: Michal Pěchouček

Rolf Gupta, Conductor
Lydia Brotherton, Soprano
János Elmauer, Trumpet
Ostravská banda

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6:30pm
Jiří Myron Theatre
Iannis Xenakis: Oresteia (1965-66, rev. 1969/87/89) / Czech Premiere
Libretto according to ancient Greek drama by Aeschylos (in Ancient Greek with Czech Subtitles)

Director: Jiří Nekvasil
Stage Design: David Bazika
Petr Kotik, Conductor
Holger Falk, Baritone
Children Choir Permoníček
Canticum Ostrava, Jurij Galatenko, Choir Master
Ostravská banda

Ostrava Days is made possible thanks to funds from the statutory city of Ostrava, the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture, the Moravian-Silesian region, Czech-German Fund for the Future.

Press contacts:
Isabelle Deconinck (New York)
cell: 646-623-1709

Kristýna Konczyna (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
cell: 777 613 184, tel.: 596 203 426




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