a sound and video installation for four coloratura sopranos about voices and identities
"Intellectually stimulating and teasingly funny art of our time."
"This three-hour, precisely timed sound structure is a confusing, constantly moving deconstruction of language, voice and sound. […] The bizarre fascination that the spectacle has created will not get out of your head so quickly."
"Voice Box was full of tongue in cheek [...] that allowed the audience to fully join in."
"The avant-garde business trip to the green creates a situational border experience with a feel-good program."
"The audience […] experiences an masterfull musical performance, which is then deconstructed in an irritating sequence of events at different locations in a deliberately bizarre manner."
"Delightful and playful experimental opera from young Finnish composer"
"The most enthusiastic reception got 'ettette' by Miika Hyytiäinen"
"Genuinely avantgardistic German music theatre."
"Musically the performance is excellent."
A song cycle that shows the classical Liedzyklus in a new light
The texts of these art songs are something most of us don’t even stop to read properly. Theatre plays start by telling us what the stage looks like: The balcony of Juliet, the terrace of Herodias. These words are loaded with meaning and drama, but at the same time they have almost poetical clarity. They tell us where and the drama is going to happen. And with the help of experimental music theatre and nuanced use of the singing voice these texts are woken up by the singer.
Any number of the songs may be performed in a concert in any order. The songs are written to be premiered by different voices and different instruments. The accompanying instruments include: piano, violin, viola, kantele, and saxophones.
Four Debussy parts were commissioned by Xenon ensemble.
Full list of Hyytiäinen’s songs, including the different versions can be found here.
The parts (as of August 2020)
Margarete Huber, Sopran
Kathrin von Kieseritzky, Saxophone
Mike Flemming, Viola
Claudius von Wrochem, Violoncello
Marine Boustie, soprano
Dejana Sekulic, violin
Mezzosoprano Kelly Bourget
Dramatised Concert: Omin Äänin
Anna-Maija Oka, soprano
Irina Cederberg, kantele
Maritta Manner, piano
Juho Eerola, dramaturgy, director