Reykjavík Opera Days Symposium
Online · 13. nov
Online knowledge exchange: Thinking outside the (black)box.Independent opera/music theatre makers, classical vocal artists and their collaborators in the days of Covid.Inspiring and independent opera makers, classical vocal artists and their collaborators from the Northern countries and around the world are invited to The Reykjavík Opera Days 2020 online symposium on November 13th.Join us in online presentations and discussion on the topic "thinking outside the (black)box". In the days of Covid many independent artists have had to think outside the box and find new avenues when creating, producing and/or performing their vocal arts projects. Funding is often scarce, and stage and audience restrictions can be limiting to a point that a traditional performance is no longer financially and/or artistically feasible.Still, all around the world people are making art in exciting ways. What methods are these artists using during the current global restrictions? By sharing our solutions, methods and progress the aim is to inspire and strengthen the independent scene in a time that sometimes can seem opposed to traditional stage art.In order to attend please register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a short introduction. We will then send you the zoom-link closer to the event date.Please feel free to invite your colleagues who could be interested in attending the symposium to this event.Moderators:Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson, composer http://helgiingvarsson.com/Guja Sandholt, Artistic director of Reykjavík Opera Days and singerwww.gujasandholt.comSponsors: Nordic Culture Fund, City of Reykjavík, Icelandic Music FundModerators: Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson, ComposerGuja Sandholt, Artistic Director of Reykjavík Opera Days10:30 AMIntroduction from the moderators: Guja Sandholt, director of Reykjavík Opera Days and Helgi R. Ingvarsson, composer.10:40 AMVenteværelset - Dido & Aeneas, an Isolation Opera11:00 AMVoicings Collective - Walk out of yourself, a lockdown opera11:20 AMNicola Mills - Opera for the people11:40 AMBirgitte Holt Nielsen12:00 PMLunch Break12:30 PMSecond half starts12:40 PMBill Bankes Jones - Téte a Téte festival1:00 PMListahátíð í Reykjavík / Reykjavík Arts Festival - Listagjöf / The Gift of Art1:20 PMFatLadyOpera - Persephone's Dream.1:40 PMOpen Q&A / discussions1:55 PMFinal words from moderators2:00 PMEnd
The last five years
The Last Five Years is a love story about Cathy, a struggling young actress and Jamie, an up-and-coming writer. Jamie quickly become successful while Cathy is forced to spend her summers working in her hometown, "sharing a room with a former stripper and her snake, Wayne." What is interesting about this story is that Cathy's story happens in reverse chronological order while Jamie tells his story chronologically. The two stories only meet once in the middle. The Last Five Years is written and composed by Jason Robert Brown. This is the first production of the show in Iceland that musical theatre lovers should not miss. The show is approx. 75 minutes in duration, no intermission.
ég var að leika mannþess vegna brá þérvegna þess að ég stóð uppalltíeinukveikti eldþess vegna brá þérLjóða- og myndlistarbókin Kok eftir Kristínu Eiríksdóttur öðlast nýtt líf sem tónlistar- og leikhúsupplifun á fjölum Borgarleikhússins nú á haustdögum.Kok vakti verðskuldaða athygli þegar hún kom út árið 2014 og var m.a. tilnefnd til Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunanna. Ljóð Kristínar fjalla á óvenjulega beinskeyttan hátt um samband og sambandsleysi, ást og andúð, þrá og skeytingarleysi þar sem mannlegt eðli er afhjúpað í öllum sínum dýrlega breyskleika.Í bókinni mynda ljóðin og myndlistin eina heild og í sviðsverkinu er báðum þessum þáttum gert jafnhátt undir höfði og þeir fléttaðir saman við tónlistina og leikhústöfrana. Nútímaóperan Kok er flutt af Hönnu Dóru Sturludóttur, sem um árabil hefur verið meðal fremstu söngvara þjóðarinnar, Unu Sveinbjarnardóttur, fiðluleikara og Katie Buckley, hörpuleikara.Verkið er sett upp í tengslum við tónlistarhátíðina Óperudaga, í samvinnu við leikhópinn Svartan jakka, en hann skipa auk Kristínar þær Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir, tónskáld, og leikstjórinn Kolfinna Nikulásdóttir. Áður hafa þær unnið saman að útvarpsverkinu Fákafen sem hlaut Grímuverðlaunin 2018.Verkefnið er styrkt af Reykjavíkurborg og Mennta- og menningarmálaráðuneytinu.#kokopera
Music and the Brain
The electro-opera "Music and the Brain" by Helgi R. Ingvarsson and Rebecca Hurst is now performed for the first time in Iceland. The show is in English. The piece addresses the neurological and emotional effects that music can have on us. Inspired by the writings of popular neurologist Oliver Sacks, it tells the story of The Singer, whose successful career has been cut short by an accident. The resulting brain injury has caused her to lose the ability to comprehend music and perform. She is treated by The Doctor, who, as well as being a fan of The Singer, hopes that his research on this rare and interesting case will redeem him in the eyes of the academic community. As they both grapple with trying to understand the Singer's condition, questions regarding the nature of music arise. What is music? Is it neurological? Or emotional? What happens in the musical brain when things fall apart? But the Doctor is nearly out of time, his big presentation is coming up and he needs to present his "findings" no matter what.The show is sponsored by Tónlistarsjóður (Music Fund) and is in collaboration with Reykjavik Opera Days
LGBTQ+ on the Opera Stage
Opera singer Íris Björk Gunnarsdóttir and pianist Hjalti Þór Davíðsson will perform arias from operas with prominent LGBTQ+ characters and talk about Íris‘s research about LGBTQ+ in operas as part of an informative and entertaining programme.The music performed comes from many periods, from baroque composer Händel, classical composer Mozart to contemporary composers like Paula Kemper. During the performance Íris Björk will take on the roles of various genders, castrati singers, historical figures, pants/skirt roles as well as gay and trans roles. Íris Björk and Hjalti Þór are both students at the Iceland University of the Arts.They are the recipients of a grant from The Icelandic Student Innovation Fund for their project LGBTQ+ on the Opera Stage. Project supervisor: Opera singer Þóra Einarsdóttir, Professor of Vocal Performance and Dean of School of Music and Performing Arts at the Iceland University of the Arts.