More than 270 years later, Handel’s “Theodora” Returns to Covent Gardens

When George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Theodora was performed at London’s Royal Opera House in 1750, it was snubbed; perceived at the time to be a blemish within the esteemed Baroque-era composer’s portfolio. In 2022, this is no longer the case. The now-praised composition is returning to Covent Garden after more than 270 years, with a modern-day feminist retelling produced by Katie Mitchell. Where the original …

Climate Change Opera “Sun & Sea” in an Abandoned Bauhaus Swimming Pool

Thirty minutes outside of Berlin, in an abandoned Bauhaus swimming pool from 1928 that sits across from E-WERK Luckenwalde renewable power station and contemporary arts center, the climate change opera Sun & Sea will be staged 1-2 May. Created by three women artists in Lithuania—theater director Rugile Barzdziukaite, playwright Vaiva Grainyte and composer Lina Lapelyte—the opera won the 2019 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion, after queues …

Compose Your Own “Blob Opera” with Google Arts + Culture

The latest interactive offering from Google Arts & Culture, this time in conjunction with artist David Li, Blob Opera allows users—with the help of machine learning—to string together a song from a quartet of operatic colorful blobs. No musical training is necessary to bring the bass, mezzo-soprano, soprano and tenor blobs together—users simply select one (and access its corresponding vocal range) and pull forward and backward or up …