This is NOT one to be missed!
This summer, music lovers in Cork can look forward to a unique and exciting event: the Sun and Sea Opera. This innovative production, which won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2019, will be making its Irish debut at City Hall in Cork this June.
Sun and Sea Opera is an environmentally conscious production that combines contemporary opera, performance art, and installation art to create a captivating and thought-provoking experience. The opera takes place on an artificial beach, complete with sand, beach chairs, and sun umbrellas, where a group of performers sing and perform various activities while lounging in the sun.
The performance is set to a hauntingly beautiful score, composed by Lithuanian artist Lina Lapelyte. The music, which is sung in various languages, including English, is inspired by the rhythms and sounds of the sea, and is performed by a cast of professional singers and musicians.
But Sun and Sea Opera is not just a musical performance. The production also includes a series of performances and activities that explore themes related to climate change, consumerism, and the impact of human activity on the environment. Throughout the performance, the performers engage in activities such as sunbathing, reading, and playing games, while occasionally singing songs that reflect on these themes.
The production is a collaboration between a team of artists and performers from Lithuania and Poland, and was originally created for the Venice Biennale. Since then, it has toured to various locations around the world, and has received critical acclaim for its innovative approach to opera and performance art.
The decision to bring Sun and Sea Opera to Cork is part of a wider effort to promote environmentally conscious art and culture in the region. The production is part of a larger program of events and initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the urgent need for action on climate change and environmental sustainability.
The Sun and Sea Opera promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone who loves music, art, and the environment. With its innovative approach to opera and performance art, combined with its powerful message about the need for environmental action, it is sure to be one of the highlights of Cork’s cultural calendar this summer.
So mark your calendars, grab your sunscreen, and head to City Hall this August to experience this stunning production for yourself. The show will take place from 23-25 June as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival – tickets start at €18 and can be booked here.