Opera: NORA - too late

Location: Tromsø
Category: Events, Concerts, Music

Was my choice to leave my children and husband to achieve my potential as a person the right thing to do? Did life turn out the way I planned and wanted it to be?

A Doll's House was a stroke of lightning when Ibsen published the play in 1879, and it still is around the world. The Opera NORA has a new look on the iconic figure in Henrik Ibsen’s play.
In China the term “Noraisme” is often used as a synonym for “feminism” and illuminates as such the huge impact of the play. Fosse’s libretto focuses on The Older Woman (Nora) who looks back on her life with a series of questions: Were my choices of leaving my children and my husband in order to fulfil myself as a human the right choices? Did my life turn out the way I wanted and had planned for? Nora is in constant dialogue with herself as a younger woman, and also with her former husband, The Man (Torvald Helmer). In her flashbacks The Man also interacts with his young new wife....
The libretto has all the ingredients of a good drama.

- Du Wei was admitted to Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to study composition in 1996, and she obtained her Master's Degree in Composition in 2005 with the renowned composers GuoWenjing as her principle supervisor. She has always been fascinated with imagery, hue and rhythm presented in poetry. She has the ability to transform these elements into her musical language, no matter speaking in drama, visuals, songful melodies, or sophisticated textures.
Her main works include opera Nora, orchestral works Niao Qing Si-The Interrupted Dream (the top honor at the Young Composer Programme organized by National Center of Performing Arts) and The Last Gold of Expired Star, Exotic Perfume for voice and string orchestra, Tinge for Chinese traditional ensemble, and music for contemporary ballet The Color of Love and The Golden Lotus.
Her works have been performed all over the world. These achievements include the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of maestro Charles Dutoit, MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra under the baton of maestro KristjanJarvi, L'OrchestrePhilharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra of Royal Danish Ballet and National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
- Jon Fosse, who has written the libretto, is recognised as the legacy after Henrik Ibsen. He is today the most performed playwright alive on stages all around the world. Fosse’s libretto, Too Late, has Ibsen's A Doll's House as a backdrop. Jon Fosse’s plays were successfully introduced to China in 2010 in translations by Lulu Zou. Fosse has received numerous international awards for his plays.
- Peter Szilváy(b. 1971) is a qualified violist and conductor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He graduated in 1996 and was conducting fellow at Stavanger Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2000. He won the Norwegian conducting competition “Conductor of the Year” in 1999, and the same year was invited by Mariss Jansons to be his assistant at the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, a role he filled for three years. Peter has worked with a wide variety of orchestras and military bands, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, other Scandinavian symphony orchestras, all of the major Norwegian orchestras and the Norwegian Navy Band. He has distinguished himself in contemporary music with several of the leading contemporary music ensembles, has made several recordings, and in 2009 won the Spelleman Award with the Oslo Philharmonic with the CD Low Jive. His huge musical flexibility has provided space for several types of musical theatre and a range of ballet projects for DNO&B, the most recent of which was Robin Hood on the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House in 2013. In 2010 he won the Norwegian Society of Composers’ annual award for his efforts for Norwegian music.
- Feng Jiangzhou and Lin Zhang are China’ most famous new media artists. Their works involve music, image, installation, stage design etc. The performance is basic for the concept of crossover new media, combining stage machinery, and using computer programming as the creative method. Beyond the simple visual/audio sense, they challenge the traditional experience of watching stage performances, and charm the audience with a creative new media language. Feng Jiangzhou and Lin Zhang’s creativity and high level of skills within Chinese contemporary multimedia play have had a meaningful impact on Chinese multimedia art and pushes the language of creativity in Chinese contemporary art to a whole new level.
- Gao Guangjian, scenographer,is the Stage Art Director of National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing (NCPA) and a national A-class stage designer, outstanding expert of the Ministry of Culture and vice president of the China Association of Stage Art. He has designed numerous operas, dramas and exhibitions in China and internationally.
- Adriana Braga-Peretzki, the Brazilian costume designer, studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Künste in Hamburg. She works among others at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin and at the Centraltheater in Leipzig. Since 2009 Adriana Braga- Peretzki regularly has worked together with Frank Castorf. In 2013 she designed the costumes for the much discussed Ring at the Bayreuther Festspiele, also directed by Castorf. Recently she designed the costumes for the productions La Dame aux camellias at the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris (2012), Amerika based on the novel by Franz Kafka at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich (2012) and Das Duell by Anton Tschechow at the Volkbühne Berlin (2013).
- Ellen Ruge is one of the most renowned light designers in the Nordic Countries with numerous productions at the biggest national theatres as well as chamber versions of contemporary and classical theatre plays, operas and dance performances.

This production is commissioned and produced by the Arctic Philharmonic and Ibsen International in collaboration with AdOpera!

Ibsen International Ltd
Ibsen International is a company founded in 2010 with the mission of initiating international collaborations in the fields of art and culture through a genuinely intercultural dialogue based on transparency, tolerance and mutual respect. Ibsen International believes in the creative potential embedded in the encounter with the Other, without restrictions of nationality, race, religion or gender.
Ibsen International’s aim is to promote the meeting of artists from different backgrounds, nationalities, and disciplines; to facilitate the creative process towards the production of original ideas; to support the creative team until the production of the project's final form. This includes, but is not limited to, the implementation of projects which take Henrik Ibsen’s works and core themes as a departure point (i.e. human rights, gender equality, preservation of the environment, individual liberty, fight against corruption, positive process of globalization) and involve national and international institutions, companies and organizations for producing, touring, and researching activities such as performances, festivals, conferences, seminars, workshops and more. (more info: http://www.ibsen international.com)

AdOpera! is a Norwegian network of opera producers aiming to strengthen the development, manufacturing expertise and dissemination of contemporary opera and musical theatre, with an emphasis on Norwegian pieces.

This concert is part of the subscription series Mezzo and Total at KulturHuset, Tromsø

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