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a space opera for young voices
libretto by Tom Holloway

commissioned by Bayerische Staatsoper

durata » 85'

first performance » 05/06/2021 » Bayerische Staatsoper - Cuvilliés Theater
Eliza Boom, Juliana Zara, Daria Proszek, Yajie Zhang, George Vîrban, Andres Agudelo, Andrew Hamilton, Theodore Platt
Klangforum Wien
conducted by Patrick Hahn
electronic sounds by Matouš Hejl
staged by Nicolas Brieger

Bärenreiter BA 11192-72


(every character has two voices, one real and one digital as in the future, everyone can be connected with everyone by their head implants and send directly sound messages represented by the e-voices)

real people

B Baritone - a gamer
S Soprano - his GF, an early updater
T Tenor - living alone with his comfort drone
M Mezzo - having a broken heart

their digital selves

eB Baritone
eS Soprano
eT Tenor
eM Mezzo

Sc Screeny — a computer of the spa who goes from being broken (noises of the sampler coordinated with screen light on/off), over writing letters on fully functional screen first (without sound), getting an automated computer generated voice (prerecorded text-to-speech through sampler), becoming the display for B's programming, later getting the voice of eSoprano (live performed backstage, amplified through Screeny's loudspeakers), finally going back to writing only and after uploading itself into the Singularity, being only a silent countdown display (the numbers visible for the audience)


sampler/electronics (one player or distributed freely among other players)
flute (piccolo, bass flute) clarinet
piano (2 vibrators**)
percussion 1 (marimba, ratchet, hobbyglas* small & large, 2 vibrators**)
percussion 2 (vibraphone, bass drum, hobbyglas* small & large, 2 vibrators**)

* transparent polystyrene sheet 2mm, small 250x500mm, large 50x100mm
** with independently controllable speed and rhythmical patterns

pdf score - free download