The ECHO-Opera uses the reverb of the hallway at Fort Rijnauwen, Utrecht, to make the location into an instrument.
The opera tells a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy of Echo & Narcissus and asks one of the big questions of our modern society; What is real?
The main-character communicates online in a sum of his achievements, as he sees his environment doing as wel. He tells about his travels, relations, his outgoingness and other successes. This "ECHO" he creates is only a fraction of his reality which he presents as a whole. But in reality he is a human with failures, doubts, and low-points that only he experiences.
He sees his Echo growing and growing, while his true self gets taking over.
In a cry for help he reveals everything to his surroundings. He shows them a peek behind his curtains, a three-dimensional person. But society scolds him for it, they prefer his Echo above his truth.
While the main-character withers away, the Echo grows leaving nothing but the ashes of reality behind.
The ECHO-Opera is created in cooperation with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
Compositions: Stef Veldhuis
Libretto: Anne-Fleur Kan
Clarinets: Marinthe Jansen & Bernardo Alcalá Tello
Bass clarinet: Vincent Martig
Percussion: Niek Kleinjan
Soprano: Elea Bekkers
Alto: Anna Vala Olafsdottir
Bariton: Nathan Tax