On Site Opera's
RUNS SATURDAY OCT 17 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 25
A one-on-one, immersive live telephone experience featuring Beethoven’s song cycle,
An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Songtext by Alois Isidor Jeitteles
Additional English dialogue by Monet Hurst-Mendoza
Available in Australia only
(AEST - please be aware of time conversion if booking from SA, WA, NT)
At a time when many of us are kept apart from those we hold dear, Beethoven's song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved), set to Jeitteles' aching poetry, resonates profoundly with its lamentations of separation and hopes of a reunion. The desire to call out to a loved one from afar speaks directly to the current climate of social-distancing and uncertainty about the future.
This new immersive opera experience invites you to be the 'distant love' for a one-on-one performance featuring a live singer (you choose soprano, tenor or baritone) over your phone*. No need to download any additional App. or platform.
The 'site' for the performance will be yours to decide as your beloved calls you by phone to express their longing and joy to you, their 'distant love'.
Where will you take such an intimate phone call? A chair by the window? A walk through the park?
The immersive experience will begin even before your phone call, as your beloved will send you e-mail love letters in anticipation of finally reconnecting.
This production of An die ferne Geliebte was conceived and created by On Site Opera, in honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.
Everything old is new again.
Sung live by your choice of soprano, tenor or baritone, with piano
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE IN AEST (Melbourne)
Bethany Hill, soprano
Erin Absalom, mezzo soprano
Joshua Oxley, tenor
Darcy Carroll, baritone
Daniel Felton, baritone
Performance Schedule (click on time to book that session)
WHAT TO EXPECT
In the days leading up to your performance, you will receive two love letters via email that will contain song text translations.
On the day of the performance, the artist will call you at the phone number you provide promptly at your ticketed performance time.
All performances are in AEST (VIC, NSW, QLD, ACT, TAS).
If booking from WA, SA, NT you will need to convert time accordingly.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 20 minutes
Interaction: the performer will speak/interact with each audience member.
Language: Your choice of English or German. Additional dialogue in English.
To ensure the safety of our artists, our singer will perform to a live-recorded piano backing track.
There are three casts, and audiences may buy a ticket to a performance featuring either a soprano, tenor or baritone.
*Please note: the nature of the performance being transmitted via telephone line means it is more like listening to vinyl than CD.