New Generation Opera - by Ville Matvejeff
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With an ambitious approach, New Generation Opera introduces new artistry, new content and new technology to the evolution of opera.
New Generation Opera incorporates performative, cinematic and artistic features into an entity by setting the stage with a distinct virtuosity and adding a new, intense visual tempo to the Gesamtkunstwerk of opera.
New Generation Opera promotes a new generation of talent by facilitating and enabling the creation process of new opera pieces and performances. Accordingly by combining cutting edge mobile technologies with cinematic narrative, New Generation Opera provides individual viewing experiences for a wider public.
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Don Giovanni by New Generation Opera
The incorrigible ladies man. His victims. The inevitability of destruction. Mozart's classic opera offers a framework for an emerging generation of musicians to forge a new form of expression. The light-hearted charm and comedy of this riveting score are used to good effect to depict a community morally adrift. In this modern take, affluent young people party and photograph and film themselves and each other endlessly. Even death itself is reduced to the role of a jester.
The drama finds itself tantalisingly placed in the middle ground between comedy and tragedy, burlesque and grotesque. It derives its power from a roll call of fresh young vocal talent and complex video projection. The production is a theatrical opera but also a live film projected simultaneously onto two screens.
W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
New Generation Opera Ensemble
Conductor: Ville Matvejeff
Choirmaster and Assistant conductor: Jonas Rannila
Director: Erik Söderblom
Film director: Janne Suutarinen
Assistant director: Mirva Koivukangas
Scenography: Markku Kunnari
Costumes: Sari Salmela
Assistant to the director: Laura Åkerlund
Don Giovanni: Waltteri Torikka, baritone
Leporello: Tapani Plathan, bass
Il Commendatore: Timo Riihonen, bass
Donna Anna: Ida Falk Winland, soprano
Don Ottavio: Joska Lehtinen, tenor
Donna Elvira: Anna Danik, soprano
Masetto: Nicholas Söderlund, bass
Zerlina: Malin Christensson, soprano
Film production: Arcada