8 February 2012 at 9.00am | Comment on this article
Exposure: Opera (16-18 February) offers the chance to see a range of exciting contemporary work in a programme of short pieces from emerging composers. The event also includes the chance to meet the composers, writers and singers afterwards to chat about their work over a drink, whilst enjoying post-show entertainment.
Ahead of this year’s event, we profile a selection of the highlights:
Icarus - based on the Greek myth - explores the psychological resonances of the tale, above that of simply 'flying too close to the sun'. Composer Michael Zev Gordon and librettist Stephen Plaice will give a glimpse of the work with an intriguing extract, bringing to the Linbury Studio the tale of master craftsman Daedalus, his son Icarus and nephew Talus.
Written by Emily Howard, who has been commissioned to produce a piece for the Cultural Olympiad, Ada Sketches II is a short dramatic vocal work to be sung by Lore Lixenberg imagining that the Analytical Engine (a forerunner of computer programming) might compose music. The composer studied Mathematics and Computation at Oxford University and often draws on physics as her inspiration.
Tom Randle's The Sculptor sees the tenor going back to his compositional roots after carving a strong reputation as a singer with the likes of ENO, Glyndebourne, WNO and The Royal Opera. A supernatural operatic thriller, The Sculptor traces the spectacular rise and tragic fall of X, a young and supremely talented sculptor. Gripped by the malevolent spirit of his former muse, the young man is driven to madness and murder. We hope that the extract, performed as part of Exposure: Opera, will whet appetites for the completed work to come.