Performing: Vocal ensemble Auditivvokal Dresden, Instrumental ensemble PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble, traditional singers from the three monotheist religions and narrators + visuals

World premiere: Terme di Diocleziano in Rome, Italy May 2018

 

 

A visionary score that whirls together voices, sounds and images in an ancient biblical text, excellent classical performers, ancestral notes of traditional religious choirs, and video projections with the extraordinary participation of senator-for-life Liliana Segre. A new, vast and powerful Icon Sonic-Opera set in the scenographic context of Rome’s Terme di Diocleziano. Starting from the homonymous biblical text, it faces - in a universal and contemporary way - the topic of persecution through a research on the archetypes of Good, Evil, Justice, God and Satan, that run through the veins of each of us.

 

Job by Yuval Avital is a ‘total opera’, an allegorical and piercing picture that results from an extensive research carried out by the artist, whose polyhedral nature has become a distinguishing feature in his works. Very different and unexpected elements intertwine, bringing on an intense conversation between national and international excellences. The spectacular images from NASA’s Solar Observatory alternate with precious historical archive materials of RAI Teche, and with the face of Liliana Segre. A symbolical alter ego of Job but also his real embodiment, her face is shown in an intense silent interview with the great PMCE ensemble from Rome’s Auditorium, and with the remarkable vocal soloists from Dresden’s Auditivvokal. By so doing, visual and sound multimedia created by advanced technologies face three religious choirs of ancient monotheistic traditions.

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The challenge to turn a Biblical text into a scene libretto was given to the intellectual expert of Jewish culture Haim Baharier and to the theatre critic Magda Poli, who translated the whole Book of Job specially for the event and who, in dialogue with Avital, gave life not only to a text but also to a long journey of hermeneutic reflections and textual interpretations that are the foundation of the opera. This intense conversation will give the public a new Job, poetic and contemporary, that incarnates the most ferocious tragedies of our time.

 

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Job by Yuval Avital

Libretto: Haim Baharier and Magda Poli

Performing:
Vocal Ensemble - Auditivvokal Dresden
conductor - Olaf Katzer
Soloists: Julia Domke (soprano), Ewa Zeuner (soprano), Carl Thiemt (tenor), Philipp Schreyer (bass), Timo Hannig (bass).

Instrumental Ensemble - PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble
Conductor - Tonino Battista
Soloists: Flavio Tanzi and Pietro Pompei (percussions), Francesco Peverini (violin 1), Filippo Fattorini (violin 2), Luca Sanzò (viola), Anna Armatys (cello 1), Rina You (cello 2), Tommaso Cancellieri (live elettronics).

Traditional singers from the three monotheist religions
Silent Narrator: Liliana Segre
Narrators: Gaia Petronio and Lorenzo Lucchetti

Executive post production and video mapping: Michele Innocente

Event curated by Marilena Cittelli Francese and Viviana Kasam
Production Musadoc, Industria Inc and BrainCircle Italia
Coordination and organization: Euro Forum Comunicazione
Press Office : Close to media
In collaboration with RAI Teche - Project Research: Matteo Chiocchi - Research Assistant: Filippo Kulberg Taub
Additional images: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA
Fries Film Archief - Concession video “Wedding Couple”: Yvette Markens-Boers, Marion Coronel-Boers, Andre Louis Boers
Set Assistant: Paul Richard Cecchini
Stage Assistant: Paolo Annunziato

Executive production: Magà Global Art
Artistic Direction Assistant: Sara Agostinelli