comic strip opera
stage director, production and costume designer
Dr. GoraParasit | composer Albertas Navickas | librettist Gabrielė Labanauskaitė | video artist and stage designer Oskaras Gudas | illustrator Edvinas Špetas | sculptor Donatas Repeika | lighting designer Povilas Laurinaitis | sound director Jurgis Tamošiūnas | performers:
Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano), Nerijus Masevičius (bass-baritone), Ieva Savickaitė (actress), Pranas Kentra (el. guitar), Agnė Rimgailaitė (accordion), Ignas Juzokas (live electronics)producer:
50' | N-14
Lithuanian with English surtitles
“Alpha” is an opera which boldly addresses some of the major social and cultural issues and challenges, viewed both in personal and historical contexts, that people face in the world today, such as gender performance, minority politics, and the decline of grand narratives. The jarring combination of two seemingly distant genres – opera and comics – provides an extravagant backdrop for a story of love and murder with the distinctly strong female protagonist.
The story is a variation on the tragic fate of Federico García Lorca, one of the most famous Spanish poets and playwrights of the twentieth century. In “Alpha”, Isabel García Lorca, Federico‘s sister, returns to Spain after many years spent in emigration to solve the mystery surrounding her brother‘s death. Although circumstances of Federico’s death remain blurred, his burial place is thought to be located in the vicinity of Alfacar, a little town in Andalusia. The knowledge of the truth is laden with guilt that is trapped in the wheel of time, which constantly brings us back to the beginning and thus becomes an ‘omega-less alpha.’
In 2019, comic strip opera “Alpha” awarded main Lithuanian professional theatre award Golden Stage Cross for the best opera production of the year.
Composer Albertas Navickas: In devising the score for Alpha, I wished to express my admiration for flamenco melodies and repetitive structures of minimalist music. The opera’s rhythmic texture consists of two layers collated by the principle of contrast: the constant, rhythmic pulse versus the ‘hovering’ high-frequency ringing, as if giving voice to the uneasy silence.
Stage director, production and costume designer Dr. GoraParasit: Not only it is an opera – it is a ‘comic-strip opera’ about a female superhero who is fighting both supernatural and earthly demons, about her trials and struggles in the world. To me, Alpha resembles a set of pages – a comic book. Alpha is MEGA-feminine.
Première: April 20, 2018, Arts Printing House, Vilnius, 7th Contemporary Opera Festival NOA (New Opera Action).
arts printing house | black hall
tickets: 15 EUR | available at Tiketa box offices* (buy online)
* You can find Tiketa box office at the Arts Printing House
** People who are late may be not allowed inside If it disturbs the performance