Opera in the Air

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A series of spontaneous opera performances in high and unusual places throughout a presenting festivals program. Reinterpreting iconic places; Opera in the Air brings the power and beauty of some of the Opera's most inspiring arias into the contemporary environments of our everyday experience.

Description:

AudiencePerspective

There. Look Up . She sings.

Her gift hovers in the air.

Unforseen moment.

Musical notes float on the breeze. A passer-by looks up and there is the unlikely vision of performer  on  a rooftop/verandah/window-sill/water tower/silo/gaol-house /cliff face -in full operatic regalia, singing to the world. She transports us beyond the here and now to places of inspiration and possibility allowing us to us to experience an engendered sense of place through a new lens, fleetingly altered and perhaps forever remembered.

Presenter Perspective:

Opera in the Air becomes a series of spontaneous opera performances that appear in high and unusual places throughout a presenting festivals program. It is collaboration between Opera Performer Isabel Hertaeg and Y Space. Opera in the Air invites us to momentarily shift our relationship with the iconic spaces and places within our community as the  unlikely image of an opera singer in full classical regalia appears within, on, over iconic architectures . In doing so, she transports us beyond the here and now to places of inspiration and possibility allowing us to us to experience an engendered sense of place through a new lens, fleetingly altered, forever remembered.

OIA would have a touring party of four people. Each festival has a bespoke sound and rigging design and requires a one day team site visit in the planning stage followed by a minimum  period of two days for final Safety assessments, rigging, site inductions and sound checks. between 2-4 appearances per day depending on site complexity. Each performance lasts between 5 – 15 minutes depending on festival, programming, site and song selection.

History

First performed at the Natimuk Frinj Festival in 2013, this production featured as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s/ Dookie Arts Small Town Transformation program,  Dookie “Earthed” in Oct 2014 to much acclaim as well as Yea Carnivale 2016 and will make an appearance at the Hamilton PAC’s Ansett Aflight production in April 2016.

“An amazing, inspiring, jaw dropping, heart stopping moment…gave me goosebumps, my little girl just stood there captivated”

- Nati Frinj Punter 2013.

The Team:

  • Jillian Pearce (Director Producer)
  • Isabel Hertaeg (Performer)
  • Gareth Llewellyn (Rigger)
  • Greg Ginger (Outlook Sound design and operation)

Additional Features:

  • Can work with the festival/presenter to create a narrative of appearances; For example; A love story between performer and a....(puppet, , building, elephant, Bagpipe player) Forever searching across the city and throughout the festival till the moment of union occurs.

Technical Specifications:

  • Bespoke rigging designs by Y Space
  • Bespoke sound designs by Outlook Communications 2 by 600W profile lights. (for night/Shadow work only) Local producer support: Assistance in identifying, permission and access to particular sites. Dressing room Warm up space for performer.

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