Is mankind ready for space exploration? Stanley Kubrick’s SPACE ODYSSEY meets soap opera in SPACE OPERA, a new piece by young Polish composer Aleksander Nowak – first staged in 2015 by Poznań Opera.
Get ready for lift off as Poznań Opera takes you on opera’s first mission to Mars. SPACE OPERA is told through the voices of a middle-aged couple of astronauts (husband and wife), a fly (which shouldn’t be there!), the flight commander (whose intentions are not so good), and a choir, representing at times a swarm of fruit flies, at others the rest of mankind.
SPACE OPERA was premièred in March 2015 at the Teatr Wielki, the Poznań opera house, which has become a creative hub for contemporary opera production. SPACE OPERA brings together the talents of a young Polish composer, Aleksander Nowak, and librettist Georgi Gospodinov, a Bulgarian writer, who has been called ‘an ironist of despair’.
In SPACE OPERA, Nowak and Gospodinov push us to reflect on whether we are ready for space exploration and whether we didn’t start too soon.