The Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Kaspars Putniņš are embarking on a tour to Copenhagen to the Danish Royal Theatre and Orhus Musikhuset from the 3rd to 8th of June, to perform the collaboration between the Danish production company Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir: the visual opera Operation: Orfeo. This will be the third production cycle of the opera.
“Operation: Orfeo is a perfect production. 13 singers and one dancer create the celebration of opera on stage that is right as we wish it to be: each component of the opera is a pleasure for the eyes and ears…” once said a review by Zurichsee-Zeitung.
The Danish poet Ib Michael has based the libretto on the myth of the journey of Orpheus in the realm of shades to return his beloved Eurydice to life. In the hands of the creators of Operation: Orfeo, the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is transformed into a magical and hypnotic ritual that is based on stark contrasts: light and darkness, life and death, sound and silence. The opera, written by the Danish composer and conductor Bo Holten, also uses fragments from John Cage and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s compositions. Maja Ravn’s minimalistic stage design sets its main focus on the interplay of light and shadows.
Operation: Orfeo premiered in 1993, in a collaboration between Hotel Pro Forma, the vocal ensemble Ars Nova, and composer Bo Holten. The production was performed more than 70 times in 20 different countries.
By the initiative of the Danish director Kirsten Dehlholm, in 2007 Operation: Orfeo was revived in a new version on the stage of the Latvian National Opera with the Latvian Radio Choir singing. This was the beginning of the collaboration between Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir, which later resulted in the operas War Sum Up and Neoarctic that were performed all over the world.
The idea to revive the production for a third cycle can once again be attributed to the Danish director Kirsten Dehlholm. She says: “Operation: Orfeo is a piece that can’t be left without attention for too long. It needs to be sung again and again. Even after so many years.”
The creative team of the production: director Kirsten Dehlholm, arrangements and composition by Bo Holten, set design by Maja Ravn, conductor Kaspars Putniņš, soloist Ieva Parša, and Latvian Radio Chamber Singers.