A song cycle for vocal students in early stages of their studies
"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."
Voice is Voices is a sound installation opera about voices and identities. It brings opera and singing closer than you have ever heard it. It is an opera installation about voices and identities:
tricksters of fairytales,
sisters inventing their own language,
opera prelude for four coloratura sopranos,
and about one voice growing into different genders, feelings and personalities.
Different bodies, quotes and styles from baroque to Sprechgesang and Viena Karelian yoik tie Voice is Voices into an opera that invites the audience right inside the intimacy of the opera.
Miika Hyytiäinen, composition and concept
Henriikka Tavi, libretto
Maija Turunen, Tonmeisterin
Kajsa Dahlbäck, voice (specialist in old music)
Annika Fuhrmann, voice (specialist in contemporary music and folk styles)
Marika Hölttä, voice (specialist in coloratura and pop styles)
Kaisa Ranta, voice (dramatic coloratura)
Louna Hosia, viola da gamba
Pinja Nuñes, cello
Merja Ritola, producer
Emma Kuntsi, production assistant
Production has been supported by Arts Promotion Center Finland, Wihuri Foundation, TTOR foundation, Sibelius-Academy Foundation, Sibelius foundation, The Finnish Music Foundation and Kordelin Foundation.
Photo credits: Miika Hyytiäinen, Jouni Harala, Moises Garibaych, and Studio Auran kuva.
further performances 5/9 to 10/9/2021 Music Hall 10 year festival
Duration of the piece is 50 minutes