The chamber opera Valerie’s voice, by Christofer Elgh, is staged in Germany in a collaboration between Stadttheater Gießen and Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. The opera has previously been performed in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm and received a lot of attention.
Valerie’s voice is based on Valerie Solana’s SCUM manifesto. The opera form is open, flexible and written for soprano, four electric guitars and electronics. The unusual form and cast means that the work can be completely changed depending on the dramaturgy and stage direction. It is unusual for a newly written opera to be staged several times after its first premiere. The music in Valerie’s voice bridges different musical worlds and creates something new and relevant for the audience of our time.
Ann-Christine Mecke, artistic director of the Opera at the Stadttheater Gießen, became interested in the opera when she saw an earlier documentation from the performances in Sweden. In the new production at the Musiktheater Gießen, previously unperformed parts will be performed with a new dramaturgy in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt.
The set premieres on January 20 at Musiktheater Gießen and is played on five occasions during January and February.
Musical direction Günther Albers, Nemanja Lukic Directed by Francesco Rescio Stage and costume Maik Wendrich Dramaturgy Ann-Christine Mecke Composer Christofer Elgh
Ensemble Musicologist Theresa Bub Daddies Girl Ani Aghajanyan, Daria Tymoshenko Extra Glenn Buchholtz Guitarists Yeojin Jang, Henry Hardt, Axel Rohmer, Javier Cuenca, Steffen Ahrens and Christopher Brandt.
“An extraordinary experience when composer Christofer Elgh born in Åmål, in collaboration with the poet and artist Leif Holmstrand, partly born from Dals Ed, created a special multi-piece for the occasion. The eyes were naturally drawn to Holmstrand who, wearing a dress, with a certain amount of violence, but without haste, bax a pram, covered in torn black plastic, from the far end of the room and inward. At the same time monotonously reciting from the book The place where the cars queue up dead.
From the other side came Elgh’s screeching, playing electric guitar, guided by evocative sounds from the computer. Hard to describe, but interesting. Something like this has never before been done within the framework of Bokdagar in Dalsland.”
On July 27 at 10 a.m. it is the inauguration of Bokdagar in Dalsland
Leif Holmstrand,writer and artist raised in Dals Ed and Christofer Elgh, composer, raised in Åmål, perform their first joint literary, artistic and musical work of art together.
Bokdagar in Dalsland are five days of author meetings with new and old acquaintances at Not Quite in Fengersfors, Pilgrimsleden in Upperud, Bengtsfors bookstore, Tollebol’s mill, the Old Church in Åmål, Åmål’s city hotel and Åmålstravet.