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Cecilie Ore: A. – a shadow opera – Rob Waring

CECLIE ORE: DET VAR AULIS/ IT WAS AULIS · RITORNELL 1 · DET VAR KRIGEN/ IT WAS THE WAR · RITORNELL 2 · DET VAR HEMNEN/ IT WAS REVENGE · RITORNELL 3 · DET VAR ORDEN/ IT WAS ORDER · RITORNELL 4 · DET VAR VERDEN/ IT WAS THE WORLD · LIBRETTOmore…: PAAL-HELGE HAUGEN

Joachim Calmeyer · Anneke von der Lippe · Tilman Hartenstein · Henrik Inadomi · Lakis Kanzakis · Rob Waring · Libretto: Paal-Helge Haugen

an opera without voices singing
an opera in which the human voice, and the words it produces, constitute the fundamental material of the composition
an opera in which a silenced body is alone on stage: a body with movements and action, but without words
an opera for voices and metal
a shadow opera

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Cecilie Ore’s opera for voices an metal

A. is a work about shadows, about things dark and shady, everything rational though tries to suppress, things left unchronicled or evaded.

The opera opens with blunt vague noises that establish an impalpable, indistinct soundscape. Then after a while we distinguish the muffled whispers of ghost-like voices in their separate languages. And as Paal-Helge Haugen’s text rises up and out of this foggy Babel, we hear that the person A. – the central voice and protagonist – is himself a shadow, an ambiguous form with no clear contours. He is Agamemnon at Aulis, he is Eichmann in Auschwitz, he is Colonel Tibbets in ‘Enola Gay’ on his way to Hiroshima… He is one; he is many. And it is the dark side of history the voices can not stop speaking about: atrocious tales of war, blood, executions, mass murders, looting and mutilation.

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A. is a work about shadows, about things dark and shady, everything rational though tries to suppress, things left unchronicled or evaded.

2001 saw the world premiere of A. – a shadow opera by Cecilie Ore (music) and Paal-Helge Haugen (libretto) during the Ultima festival in Oslo. This opera is now available in a hardback bound special CD with the complete libretto in both Norwegian and English. There are also liner notes, which investigate the opera itself and the way this opera comments on the opera tradition.

The opera opens with blunt vague noises that establish an impalpable, indistinct soundscape. Then after a while we distinguish the muffled whispers of ghost-like voices in their separate languages. And as Paal-Helge Haugen’s text rises up and out of this foggy Babel, we hear that the person A. – the central voice and protagonist – is himself a shadow, an ambiguous form with no clear contours. He is Agamemnon at Aulis, he is Eichmann in Auschwitz, he is Colonel Tibbets in ‘Enola Gay’ on his way to Hiroshima… He is one; he is many. And it is the dark side of history the voices can not stop speaking about: atrocious tales of war, blood, executions, mass murders, looting and mutilation.

Cecilie Ore |Rob Waring

Release date: 13.10.2003

EAN : 7044581350348

Cat.No.: ACD5034

Priskategori : CD