The Navigator, 2008

A ‘dream’ opera for 5 singers, 16 musicians and electronics with libretto by Patricia Sykes exploring extremity of passion and choices made between annihilation or creation.

Opera for me is… a place of heightened experience and transformation and in which theatre becomes the mediumistic form for memories, dreams, projections and ecstatic possession.

Winner Music Theatre Now Award 2013, The Navigator

The Navigator (2007-08)
Opera in six scenes and a prelude. Libretto by Patricia Sykes
For 5 singers, 16 instrumentalists and electronics
Duration: 90 minutes
Publisher: Ricordi London

Commissioned by Brisbane Festival, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts and ELISION with funding from the Major Festivals Initiative

Premiere: 29 July 2008, Brisbane Festival, Judith Wright Centre
Singers: Deborah Kayser (Angel of History), Talise Trevigne (The Beloved),
Andrew Watts (The Navigator), Omar Ebrahim (The Fool), Philip Larsen (The Crone)
ELISION Ensemble, conductor Manuel Nawri
Directed by Barrie Kosky, stage designer Alice Babidge

Video: ‘Angel of History’ aria, Deborah Kayser, soprano

Video of the full opera can be found here

The Navigator performance notes, libretto & Prelude
The Navigator Melbourne Festival Program
Interview with Jérémie Szpirglas, Festival d’Automne Paris, 2009

Performance history: 

Brisbane International Festival of the Arts, 2008
Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, 2008
Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Fomenko Theatre, Moscow, 2009
L’Opéra Bastille Amphithéâtre, Festival d’Automne à Paris (in concert), 2009

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