Starts August 28, 2020
In association with Onsite Opera NYC
opera via telephone
To My Distant Love
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
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 poety, 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 te 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 or baritone) and pianist over the 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 walk through the park? A cozy chair by the window? 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 Onsite Opera, in honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's Birth.
Everything old is new again.
Sung live by soprano or baritone, with piano
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE IN AEST (Melbourne)
XXXX XXXX, soprano / XXX, piano
XXXX XXXX, baritone / xxx piano
Thursday, August 28: 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Friday, August 29: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Saturday August 29: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Sunday August 30: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
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: Sung in English. Additional dialogue in English.
To ensure the safety of our artists, our singer and pianist are safely distanced (Pianist and technician in a mask).
There are two casts, and audiences may buy a ticket to a performance featuring either a soprano or baritone.
German language may be requested.
*Please note: the nature of the performance being transmitted via telephone line means it is more like listening to vinyl than CD.