Today, the first opera by Danish composer Søren Nils Eichberg, Glare, with a libretto by German poet Hannah Dübgen, will be performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre, at the Royal Opera House.
The original libretto explores a tense web of human relationships and leaves the audience startled and questioning its own observation of the world, and, according to the Royal Opera House website, contains 'adult themes, including sexual violence'.
Glare is a psycho-drama chamber-play with elements of science-fiction which focuses on the relationships between four protagonists. As doubts surface about whether one of the characters is an artificial human, the opera debates reality and its perception, the authenticity of experience, and emotion. It asks what is real and how we can really know who we are. (reproduced from the Music Sales Classical website)The opera will be performed by the Chroma chamber orchestra, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, and directed by Thaddeus Strassberger. The cast is the following : Sky Ingram (Lea, a young woman, soprano), Amar Muchhala (Alex, a man in his prime, tenor), Clare Presland (Christina, Alex's ex-girlfriend, mezzo), and Ashley Riches (Michael, Alex's older-brother-like friend, baritone).
The orchestra consists of 1 flute, 1 bass clarinet, 1 contrabassoon, 1horn, 1 trombone, percussion, synthesizer and strings (1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 doublebass). The opera should last about 75 minutes.