Lorem Like Flesh
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Opera De Lille

Winner of Fedora Art Prize 2021

Stage direction and set design - Silvia Costa
Music - Sivan Eldar
Libretto - Cordelia Lynn
AI & Video - Francesco D’Abbraccio (Lorem)
Computer music design - Augustin Muller
Musical Direction - Maxime Pascal

Opéra de Lille and co-producers Opéra Orchestre national de Montpellier, Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy), Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Antwerp), Le Balcon and IRCAM present a new multimedia chamber opera, Like flesh. A subversion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Like flesh is a dark contemporary myth informed by queer politics and environmental sciences. It offers an urgent warning against our destructive relationships with each other and our world.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, a woman mourns the devastation of the forest around her. An unexpected affair instigates an explosive metamorphosis, and she finds perfect release as a tree. But the world is a dangerous place for trees, and deep in the forest a student and a forester lay claim to a body of wood and leaf, one for money and one for love. Written in fragmented scenes, the narrative, led by three protagonists, is interrupted by poetic monologues and by visual AI visual incursions (Lorem), creating a oniric, uncanny context for the soloists to inhabit. The World Premiere of Like flesh will be at Lille on 21st January 2022, with Dutch Contralto Helena Rasker, English bass-baritone William Dazeley and Anglo-Belgian soprano Juliette Allen.