The Opera Aperta project has grown out of the Arts Council England funded Recitativo/Clouds and Noise – Fragments After Lucretius and Negri, a video/performance project focusing on text/image/sound. Opera Aperta enlarges the creative parameters of the latter project and is initiating several new projects that explore the relation between genres, texts, and approaches to music, sound and image. Opera Aperta has a dual meaning: it translates as ‘open work’, alluding to the famous book of that title by Umberto Eco; this is pertinent in relation to the kinds of scores, work formations, collaboration and libretti that we are putting together. The other meaning is a sense of this openness in relation to opera as a genre. This is almost like going back to certain basics for opera: a kind of intermedia relationship between text, image, voice and sound, and an interest in classical as well as modern and contemporary texts. An almost elemental approach to materials.
Recent works-in-progress include Aphorisms (2019) and Aphorisms 2 – The Modern Monologue (2020) New – Gertrude Stein Piece (2019/2020) Three Catullus Fragments (2019/2020) and Here and Now (2020).
For further information please visit the Opera Aperta website.