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'Your Call…'

'Your Call…'
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'Your Call…' is a new opera that uses technology to explore our relationship to that technology and the ways in which it is an ever more intimate presence in our lives. The complete 'Your Call...' premiered August 8 & 9, 2015 in London as a part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival and was hailed as one of the best fringe operas of 2015.

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New Music – New Theater – New Technology

Your Call… is a new kind of opera that uses technology to explore the rocky terrain of our relationship to that technology and the ways in which it is an ever more intimate, sometimes intrusive, increasingly indispensable presence in our lives. 'Your Call...' is about how we live today, right now and it combines three of the things I am most passionate about - music, theater and technology.

The Rundown

One woman (playted alternately by two Mezzo Sopranos) perpetually plugged into a digital world that is unraveling as she listens. Her phone rings. Another annoying automated call. A synthetic voice jabbering away. But this voice knows things about her that it shouldn’t. Then there are more voices, and more voices and she finds herself plunged into a horde of synthetic characters all with an agenda of their own, if only she can figure out what that is. This is the comically surreal world of Your Call… where the synthetic voices have an attitude and won’t stop singing and talking about it.

Watch excerpts from the 2015 London premiere https://vimeo.com/144413481

Listen to selections from Your Call... - http://bit.ly/1sMVsZa

Performed by Mezzo Soprano Lisa J. Coates and a gang of synthetic voices. Recorded live Aug. 7, 2014 at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, London.

To see an album of photos from the 2015 London production go to: http://bit.ly/1Qzskml

The Back Story

What people are saying about ‘Your Call…’

“Remarkable…”   ‘Weird and wonderful…”  “Exquisite performers…”  “Brilliant…”  “Exceptional new opera…”  “Awesome performance…”

The premiere of ‘Your Call…’ in London was a rousing success. The audiences were great, and the performances by Lisa J. Coates and Hai-Ting Chinn were brilliant. We are all thrilled to have been chosen as one of the best fringe operas of 2015 (http://bit.ly/1PbTT1X)! As well as future live performances we’re on to the next stage for ‘Your Call…’ Lisa and I have been in the studio beginning work on the podcast. This is a process that will take quite a while. We are re-thinking the piece as an audio event; a much more intimate look at the ideas in ‘Your Call…’ While much of the original material will be used there will be new things and it will all be recorded in studio. I’ll keep you posted as things develop.

As you can imagine, making a piece like Your Call... is enormous fun, extremely challenging and very expensive. I have been developing this piece for the past two years, and have given talks on the work and presented excerpts in concert and semi-staged performances in the U.K. and U.S. to very enthusiastic response (See the performance history below). I need your support to help defray some of the expenses for the London premiere and to continue to develop 'Your Call...'

The Tête à Tête performances mark a turning point in the progress of Your Call... This was the first fully staged production presented under the auspices of a major festival. Tête à Tête was a wonderful launching pad for ‘Your Call…’  but there's still much to come. Now I move forward, developing the full evening-length version.

I hope that you will become my partner in this journey, that you’ll get involved in making a new opera with new technology that is about all of us and our relationship to that technology. Your support is essential in continuing this work.

For more information please go to http://www.yourcallopera.com/

 

The Creative Team

Kevin Jones – composer, writer, director

Lisa J. Coates – Mezzo Soprano

Hai-Ting Chinn - Mezzo Soprano

Joy Kellman – Choreographer

Hannah Wasileski – Projection Design

and hundreds of pesky synthetic voices

Thanks to our Corporate Partners:

Technical assistance provided by Bruce Balentine, Chief Scientist, EIG Labs, Zurich

Synthetic speech software graciously provided by CereProc Ltd. Edinburgh 

Thanks to our Cultural Partners:

New York Foundation for the Arts

J. Cacciola Gallery, New York

Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin

 

Performances of Your Call...

Your Call... (complete)

Featuring Mezzo Sopranos Hai-Ting Chinn and Lisa J. Coates

August 8 - 9, 2015

Tête à Tête Opera Festival

King's Place, London

 

Your Call... Part 1

Featuring Mezzo Soprano Lisa J. Coates

Tête à Tête Opera Festival

King's Place, London

August 7 & 8, 2014

 

Excerpts from Your Call...

Featuring Mezzo Soprano Natalie Manning

CEMI Circles Festival

Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

University of North Texas, Denton TX

October 5, 2013

 

Excerpts from Your Call...

Featuring Mezzo Soprano Lisa J. Coates

York Festival of Ideas

National Centre for Early Music, York, UK

June 24, 2013

 

Excerpts from Your Call...

Featuring Mezzo Soprano Laila Salins

Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, New York City

April 4, 2013

 

Excerpts from Your Call...

Featuring Mezzo Soprano Lisa J. Coates

Articulate, a concert of music for live and artificial voices.

Woodend Gallery, Scarborough, UK

January 26, 2013