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Work

Navigator (chamber opera)

by Liza Lim and Patricia Sykes (2008)

navigator

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The navigator / Liza Lim ; performed by Elision Ensemble.

Library shelf no. DVD 30 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The subject of The Navigator opera (2006-08) is erotic paradox - or perhaps more precisely, the structure of the paradox that is theatricalised in Eros - the Ancient Greek divinity of desire. The opera examines the operations of desire as a triangulated geometry between 'the lover', 'the beloved' and the impossible 'vanishing point' that keeps the space of desire open and alive. This strategy of triangulation is used as a formal template or 'pattern language' in staging shifting positions within this geometry: of distance and nearness in musical space; convergence and divergence of different temporal forms.

— Liza Lim

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Coloratura soprano, baroque alto (mezzo soprano), counter-tenor, baritone, bass baritone, chamber ensemble of 16 instrumentalists, electronics.

Duration: 90 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne International Arts Festival, Brisbane Festival with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Elision Ensemble, Barrie Kosky, Manuel Nawri — 29 Jul 08. Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane

Analysis

Resonate article: Alchemical Journeys – Part Two: Liza Lim by Jane Gruchy

Resonate article: ELISION: nomads on an aesthetic journey by Louis Garrick

Resonate article: The Navigator in Moscow and Paris by Australian Music Centre

Resonate article: The Navigator at Melbourne International Festival by Anni Heino

Resonate article: Genevieve and Ganassi by Morwenna Collett

Performances of this work

8 Dec 2009: at The Navigator (Opéra national de Paris - Bastille). Featuring Manuel Nawri, Elision Ensemble.

27 Jun 2009: at The Navigator (Fomenko Theatre, Moscow). Featuring Manuel Nawri, Barrie Kosky, Elision Ensemble.

26 Jun 2009: at The Navigator (Fomenko Theatre, Moscow). Featuring Elision Ensemble, Manuel Nawri, Barrie Kosky.

25 Jun 2009: at The Navigator (Fomenko Theatre, Moscow). Featuring Barrie Kosky, Elision Ensemble, Manuel Nawri.

9 Oct 08: The Arts Centre, Playhouse, Melbourne. Featuring Manuel Nawri, Barrie Kosky, Elision Ensemble.

29 Jul 08: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane. Featuring Elision Ensemble, Manuel Nawri, Barrie Kosky.

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