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5 October 2009 – Artists – Events – Releases

THE SCENT OPERA TRAVELS TO EUROPE: GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO

 

After its recent success at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the worlds first ScentOpera, Green Aria, will have a Europe premiere at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. 

 

Bedroom Community’s Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly composed the score for this unique experimental work. The music is played in a darkened theatre while the theater seats will be equipped with "scent microphones", especially invented for this production, to deliver precisely-timed scents to the audience.

 

Valgeir and Nico will participate in a panel discussions before the performance on October 13th along with the fragrance designer Christope Laudamiel and director Stewart Matthew.

 

For further information and tickets, click here.

MATT’S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

“ A breakthrough of sorts took place on Sunday night at the Guggenheim Museum with the premiere of “Green Aria: A ScentOpera.”.... At the start, the opera’s dramatis personae, five elements and 18 supporting characters, were introduced. As each name was projected on a video screen, the audience heard the music and smelled the scent associated with that character. Fire + Smoke had crinkling electronic sounds and a piercing, burnt-ash scent.... The eclectic music was episodic yet subtly flowing, with skittish flights; contrapuntal passages where dueling voices were pushed to wide extremes of register; steely electronic agitation; and calming harmonic writing for dusky, sustained strings.”

  1. -New York Times review, 

  2. -by ANTHONY TOMMASINI

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