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The
Listeners

Kvinne som holder seg for ørene, plaget av støy Photo: Adam Olsson
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Running
24. September–9. October
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h / 1 break

The sound of a divided world

People around the world hear a low-pitched and unexplainable sound. When they band together, they are dismissed as crazy. Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's brand new opera is a thriller about social rejection, the abuse of power and echo chambers. Based on an original story by Jordan Tannahill and inspired by an actual phenomenon.

This highly pertinent opera is about searching for a sense of belonging, about understanding the incomprehensible – and about how charismatic leaders can easily exploit our constant longing for connection.    

The sound actually heard by people around the world  

Math teacher Claire hears a sound that never ends. It drives her nearly to the brink of insanity. At the very least, it drives her away from her family and to others who also hear the strange sound. But what starts out as a support group soon develops into a potent collection of cult-like rituals and fatal consequences.  

The Listeners is inspired by an actual phenomenon called ‘the global hum’, a low-pitched sound that people around the world claim to hear. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/13/what-is-the-mysterious-gl-hum-and-is-it-simply-noise-pollution  

New work by award-winning duo  

Grammy-nominated composer Missy Mazzoli has won several awards for her compositions for large orchestras, chamber music ensembles, film and TV series. Her music is melodic and easily accessible, featuring innovative and exciting sounds. In 2018, Mazzoli was the first woman to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera (together with Jeanine Tesori).  

She brings with her librettist Royce Vavrek, with whom she wrote the operas Proving Up and Breaking the Waves, both of which have been hailed as “true opera of our time” (Washington Post on Proving Up) and “among the best operas from the 21st century” (Opera News on Breaking the Waves). 

Co-producers and co-commissioners: Opera Philadelphia and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Part of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

  • Premiere talk 
  • Free introduction one hour before the performance

 

Artistic team and cast

  • Music
    Missy Mazzoli
  • Libretto
    Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Jordan Tannahill
  • Conductor
    Ilan Volkov
  • Director
    Lileana Blain-Cruz
  • Set design
    Adam Rigg
  • Costumes
    Kaye Voyce
  • Lighting design
    Yi Zhao
  • Video design
    Hannah Wasileski
  • Choreographer
    Raja Feather Kelly
  • Dramaturg
    Cori Ellison
  • Participants
    Opera Chorus, Children's Chorus, Opera Orchestra
    • Claire Devon
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Ashley Devon
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Kyle Harris
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Howard Bard
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Paul Devon
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Angela
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Thom
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Dillon
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Sina
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Emily
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Hortense
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Danica
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Vince
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Bram
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Theresa Alvarez, journalist
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
    • Coyote
      • Line Tørmoen
        • 24. Sep 2022 18:00
        • 27. Sep 2022 19:00
        • 1. Oct 2022 18:00
        • 5. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 7. Oct 2022 19:00
        • 9. Oct 2022 18:00
Price
100–800 kr
Language
engelsk
Subtitles
norsk og engelsk
  • Saturday 24. September
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 27. September
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 1. October
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 5. October
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 7. October
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Sunday 9. October
    18:00 / Main Stage