The Tempest is an original electro-acoustic opera of Shakespeare's classic play, currently being adapted and composed by Jonny Danciger. The piece uses the live electronic processing of singers' voices, controlled on stage, to create an etherial sonic world representative of both the magical subject of the play, and the various levels of manipulation between the characters.
This project approaches operatic writing from a variety of original angles. The live electronic manipulation of the voice allows for the creation of a new musical software, and also necessitates the invention of an original notation method for mixing desk. Together with a musical style rooted in impressionism and post-serialism, the electronics allow this opera to unlock new possibilities within the modern classical canon.
The work is currently being composed and workshopped at the University of Oxford, and is scheduled for premiere early 2018. Look out for more information on the creative process in our blog.