Of Leonardo da Vinci – World Premiere at Ultima Festival
The idea for a semi-improvised opera was borne during Elaine Mitchener’s artist residency in Venice under the auspices of Fondazione Claudio Buziol and Muziektheater Transparant in 2010.
Of Leonardo da Vinci is the fruit of that residency, a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop, respected vocalist/improviser Elaine Mitchener, acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, and making his operatic directorial debut, award-winning choreographer, Dam Van Huynh.
Together they have created a contemporary opera that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to explore space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty.
Commissioned by Ultima Festival and premiering in September 2015 at Nasjonal jazzscene – Oslo.
Original concept supported by Fondazione Claudio Buziol – Venice, Muziektheater Transparant – Antwerp in collaboration with Teatro Fondamenta Nuove – Venice.