Opera differently: young artists´ experiments
On June 15-21, the first Opera Incubator with a young opera director Karina Novikova took place in Kintai Arts Residence. During the residency, there was held a concert in the Great Church of Kintai, an open rehearsal and a discussion with the community of Kintai town, and the final performance. Young artists in one week co-created an opera performance composed of opera arias and duets from different operas.
An intense work was crowned by “Opera Puzzle” featuring music by Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Giacomo Puccini. The performance began at the gallery of Kintai Arts Residence, where the accompanist Gustas Raudonius performed an overture from W. A. Mozart’s opera “Così fan tutte”, and the choreography was created by Eglė Kalibataitė. Afterwards, the audience came to the attic of the Residence, where the performance continued.
A special atmosphere was present in an overcrowded room, heated by the spotlights. The project leader K. Novikova says: “At the time of the residence, we had excellent conditions to focus the full attention to our work. So far as we’ve done in a few days, it’s incredible – 13 opera scenes and an overture! I am very pleased with the professionalism and dedication of the colleagues, as well as the support of the residence.”
The participants were none the less excited with the experience. “It was an invaluable experience,” says Rasa Dzimidaitė. “I am glad that such workshops appear in Lithuania. I am very grateful for Kintai Arts director Audra Juodeškienė and the whole community of Kintai town for their warm welcoming, for the conditions and the environment where you can create and improve. Working with such professionals as director Karina Novikova, conductor Vladimir Konstantinov, pianist Gustas Raudonius and choreographer Eglė Kalibataitė have allowed each of us to feel as if in a real opera theater. Professionalism, demanding and creative work, immediate communication, paying attention to each other’s needs helped us to unfold, test our limits, evaluate the importance of teamwork and set new goals for ourselves. I hope that Opera Incubator will continue and develop, as it is not only workshop for singers, but also a very meaningful activity that encourages the dissemination of culture”, the participant was pleased.