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FULL A DEEP BLACK SLEEP (Koukias) Hobart 2023 Tyrone Landau

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  • Published by: Constantine Koukias  
  • Date Published: 2024  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

A film-noir opera for tenor, chamber ensemble, and masked characters that blurs the boundaries between cinematic and live performance.

We meet T, a composer. He works on a song he is composing, but finds the words meaningless. What he really desires is a new commission. He has a libretto to an opera written by his dying comrade, a libretto with deep meaning for him. This is what he wants the ruling junta to commission him to compose.

Unknown masked figures visit him, leaving him uneasy and uncertain. He hopes they bring news of the new commission. But everything they bring leaves him more bewildered, as they gradually lure him into working for ‘the cause’. Torn between artistic values and political expediency, he sees his opportunity. He demands the commission of his friend’s opera as the price for working for ‘the cause’.

But will he succeed? Will service to the political cause leave him the freedom to compose the opera, or will it stifle the very source of inspiration?

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