Have you ever been to a Silent Disco? I went to a few while I was at uni, and I loved them. Seriously, I got overexcited every time one came along, and when I realised that I would miss one when I was in America, I sulked about it.
So when I saw some people on the television at the weekend talking about a Silent Opera, I was amazed. The concept is similar to that of a Silent Disco; the audience is provided with wireless headphones, and the music is played directly into their ears! This then allows the audience to move around, following the story and choosing how they experience the opera.
The first Silent Opera of 2013 is L’Orfeo by Monteverdi. I don’t know a lot about opera, having never been to see one, but it seems that L’Orfeo is amongst the very earliest of all operas. It tells the story of Orfeo, who travels to the underworld searching for his lost love, Eurydice.
~ Photos by Oliver Hyde-Tetley, used with permission ~
I adore the idea of going to see an opera like this. It’s such a different way to experience something that probably feels really inaccessible to such a lot of people, including me. The artistic director, Daisy Evans, wishes to ‘move you, tell you unique stories and bring you new delights.’
Sadly, L’Orfeo is only on until 10th February at Trinity Buoy Wharf, so there isn’t much time left to get to see it. Tickets are £25 (£20 for IdeasTap members). There are plans for the company to stage two other Monteverdi operas over the next three years, so if you can’t make it to that one, keep an eye out for details of those; I know I will be!