Khairos at Den Norske Opera og Ballett in Oslo
Composer Knut Vaage and librettist Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen’s recently written work Khairos is a modern on & offshore opera about a man with a hyper-sensitivity to sound.
Thorolf Thuestad makes the sound design, and a lot of the sound work is done in BEK’s studio.
When the noise from a leaf-blower in Khairos Park drives him mad, he kills the machinist. He must serve his sentence for the crime on an oil platform. Here his exceptional hearing abilities are discovered, making seismic instruments for oil drilling redundant. From then on the already prosperous society of Khairos is able to acquire new, profitable oil wells.
«We have made Khairos the name of a civilisation, a place from our times that profits from both past and future resources. And which perhaps precisely for that reason, goes under,» says librettist Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen. He has collaborated with Knut Vaage previously on the opera Veslefrikk, which in 2010 received a great deal of attention after its premiere at the Den Nye Opera (The New Opera) in Bergen. We are looking forward to exciting results from the seasoned theatre director Kjersti Horn when she and the Norwegian National Opera soloists take the stage of the Second House with Knut Vaage’s new apocalypse of an opera.
Khairos is a commission piece from the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.
More about the opera here
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Last updated 2013-05-21.