Anna Thorvaldsdottir

The intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble presents the North American premiere of Thorvaldsdottir’s chamber opera, in which a trilogy of lost voices struggles to find its way back to its natural origin—the UR_—to mother Earth and to nature. Portrayed by a mezzo-soprano, an experimental vocalist, and a baritone, the trilogy looks to a central being (a light and sound sculpture which extends from floor to ceiling at the center of the room) for a way to navigate intangibility, insignificance, and the fractured relationship to its origin. The production affords a truly immersive experience, with the audience and performers sharing the same physical space, to foster a communal understanding of the UR_. No two listeners experience exactly the same thing, inviting each audience member to form their own understanding of our relationship with the earth.

The Program

“Thorvaldsdóttir’s music conjures unseen worlds.”
– New York Times
“One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music.”
– NPR on Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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Pre-Performance Talk

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

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Pre-performance talk with Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Thursday, August 6 at 6:15pm in the Jerome Robbins Theater


450 W 37th St, New York, NY


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International Contemporary Ensemble


A chamber opera by Anna Thorvaldsdottir
(North American premiere)

August 5–7, 2020 The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

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Add to Calendar America/New_York UR North American premiere Mostly Mozart Festival - International Contemporary Ensemble premieres a mesmerizing new chamber opera by the inventive Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St, New York, NY , New York, New York 10018 Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

International Contemporary Ensemble
Daniela Candillari, conductor
Alice Teyssier, Sofia Jernberg, Michael Weyandt, voice
Multimedia sound sculpture by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Nick Houfek, Levy Lorenzo, Maciej Lewandowski, and Ross Karre
Cory Smythe, piano
Robert Castro, director
Nicholas Houfek, lighting design
Levy Lorenzo, sound design
Ross Karre, video and supertitles
Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

Performance Details

  • 65 minutes, no intermission

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