Indie Opera “Confessions” To Get UK Premiere At Round Chapel

By Polina Lyapustina

“Confessions” will be presented in the UK for the first time on December 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the beautiful venue Round Chapel in London.

The opera was created three-years-ago by Lithuanian-born composer from UK Rūta VitkauskaitėSwedish electro-acoustic music and sound artist Jens Hedman, and Swedish soprano Åsa Nordgren. All three already had an experimental music background and decided to explore another dimension of opera, creating “Confessions” — spatial opera in the dark.

“Music in the true sense of the word smacks you in the face. The performers move in the auditorium, sometimes just an inch or two away from your head. Have you sinned today? The conception of a sin changes with time,” said Hedman.

“Confessions” was inspired by an interest in spatial electronics, especially the spatial acoustic sound and its impact upon the human imagination. Musical performance in the dark, incorporation of other human senses (smell, touch), and the removal of any visual aspect strengthen the impact of music. The Christian idea of the seven deadly sins serves as the basis for the libretto. The seven parts of the “Confessions” are respectively concerned with the seven cardinal sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride.

There is also one special seat for the audience – the “Pink Chair.” It is free of charge, but to be won through one real confession. The occupant of the seat experiences an extreme set of acoustic surroundings, smells, tastes and touches. Anyone who wishes to win this seat, should email organizers a sincere confession of a real sin.

In 2016 “Confessions” was awarded the Golden Stage Cross for the best music, along with the Musical Nail of The Year award of the Lithuanian Composer’s Union. The opera was performed in numerous concert halls and theaters and at festivals in Lithuania, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.