TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT
BY EVE KLEIN AND RAVI GLASSER-VORA
Shipwrecked, a company of soldiers are lost at sea. The survivors awash on a populated island. They land with guns.
Triptych & Postscript is a musical journey unpacking our human capacity for violence and environmental destruction. A mash-up of 1950s radio dramas, epic poetry and opera, Triptych & Postscript uses words, sounds, songs and electronica to paint a brooding historical portrait of Western colonialism in the Asia-Pacific. Formatted in four discrete segments totaling 60 minutes in length, this work provides an immersive and gentle container for developing an urgent dialogue about the long-term consequences of present-day political decisions around climate change and asylum seeker detention.
Eve Klein – Composer / Mezzo Soprano / Technology Designer
Ravi Glasser-Vora – Librettist
Tarita Botsman – Director
Emma Nightingale – Soprano
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Eve Klein is an award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic. She designs large-scale, immersive art music experiences for festivals. Eve’s music has been described as: “contemporary music at its most relevant – simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great” (Cyclic Defrost). Drawing together traditional and experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and electronica, Eve pushes the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art music forms. Eve holds a PhD in Music and Sound and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland where she is leading a VR/AR music creation research cluster.
Eve’s work has featured at international festivals and venues including MONA FOMA, VIVID Sydney, Brisbane Festival, Salisbury Cathedral, Burning Man, Underbelly Arts, the Melbourne Arts Centre and New York University. Eve’s recordings have been released on Wood and Wire, New Weird Australia, and Feral Media.
Ravi is an electrical engineer, creative coder and videographer specialising in artificial intelligence and interactive media artwork. In collaboration with Eve Klein he has made critically acclaimed works for festivals including MONA FOMA, Brisbane Festival, Underbelly Arts and VIVID Sydney.
With a distinguished background as an opera singer, Tarita Botsman is also a director and writer. Tarita is the artistic director of The 7 Sopranos, now eight years old and to date has engaged over four hundred Australian-based opera singers, touring independently both in Australia and internationally to New Zealand, Asia and across the Middle East. In 2018 Tarita was Assistant Director of Peter Grimes for Opera Queensland’s Brisbane Festival production. She has directed Opera in the Gardens in Brisbane for two years running, the Premier’s Climate Change Initiative for Queensland, and the inaugural ceremonies of the Australian Women in Music Awards in both 2018 and 2019. Tarita holds the positions of Chairwoman of the Classical Committee for the Australian Women in Music Awards. In 2019 she revived “Songs from Stage and Screen” – a jukebox musical she wrote and directed for a tour around NSW and Sydney, and directed a children’s musical called The Magic Watering Can by composer Craig Young for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Tarita is currently developing a major new work for stage and television with her LA based producers, and continuing her PhD in Music at the University of Queensland.
Emma is a soprano from Brisbane, Australia. In 2019 Emma was selected as a Young Artist for the Pacific Opera program, with concert credits including soloist in A Viennese Gala with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton AM. She made her Opera Queensland principle debut as Gretel in the 2019 schools touring Hansel and Gretel in co-collaboration with Shake and Stir. This year, Emma begun the year performing the Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul, as part of the flagship production of the for-purpose opera start-up – The CoOperaTive – in Sydney.
Emma is a regular member of the Opera Queensland ensemble, performing in Lindy Hume’s acclaimed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, Britten’s Peter Grimes, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Adams’ A Flowering Tree. Emma is also a member of the Brisbane based, global crossover performance group, The 7 Sopranos.