an immersive headphone opera trip, feat. Claron McFadden
Eternal life... it seems like a blessing but soon it becomes a curse. In the horror classic The Hunger by Whitley Strieber, Myriam is the main character. A wonderful creature that lives forever, but therefore she always has to say goodbye to those whom she loves. It is an eternal quest for love.
The collective NYX by composer Dyane Donck and mezzo-soprano Els Mondelaers now brings the lonely fate of Myriam to life with an interdisciplinary opera. Donck and Mondelaers combine their skills in performances in which modern-classical influences, pop and electronic music meet. Their performance Myriam becomes a special sensory opera story that results in a highly personal songbook. The audience wears wireless headphones during the performance and immerses themselves in the dark world of Myriam.
NYX has focused on practical research into composing and performing with such wireless headphones. For example, the correct spacing of the sound, binaural technique and 3D audio was examined. As a special guest, the world-renowned soprano Claron McFadden (known as Louis Andriessen's favourite performer) takes part in the unique opera experiment through video editing.
NYX: concept, music and realisation
Els Mondelaers: vocals, electronics, loop station, flugelhorn
Dyane Donck: vocals, electronics, bass guitar, electric guitar, theremin
Claron McFadden: vocals, performance (on film)
Luigi De Angelis: coaching direction, dramaturgy, light
Auke Hamers: film director
Sandor Caron: sound engineer
Marc Heijmans: head sculpture, design booklet
Stichting MONO: production
November Music, Muziektheater Transparant, Podium Bloos, Operadagen Rotterdam: co-production and coaching
Contact, bookings and further information
+ 31 6 39 44 09 97 (NL)
+ 32 4 75 52 95 77 (BE)