Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards Stars in First Tik Tok Opera Premiere

By Afton Wooten

Kemal Yusuf’s new opera “xxx” will make history by being the first opera to premiere on Tik Tok.

The premiere will star London-based mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards, alongside the composer. The two artists will make the transition from a typical Tik Tok “talking head video” into a more intricate audio-visual experience.

“xxx” follows the narrative of “the night is in you” and “you are there in the night.” Wake-Edwards’ face will be digitally manipulated as will her voice into seven-part harmony eluding to the changes in the text and versions of the character.

“xxx” makes its debut on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. UK time. Viewing is available on the Tik Tok app @kemyusuf. After the premiere, “xxx” will remain on Tik Tok and be uploaded to Youtube.