David Lang and ICE Present "the whisper opera" at Skirball

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

the whisper opera

the whisper opera

Co-sponsored by the Department of Performance Studies, NYU Skirball presents David Lang's the whisper opera, January 30 - February 4, 2018.

the whisper opera, with words and music by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang and direction and design by Jim Findlay, is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with the musicians, singer, and audience enclosed in an intimate onstage set, and is performed almost entirely in whispers. Lang explores the question: “what if a piece were so quiet and so personal to the performers that you needed to be right next them or you would hear almost nothing. The only way this piece can be received is if you are there, in person, listening very closely.”

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. The group currently serves as artists in residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Performance Studies Ph.D. student Ethan Philbrick sat down with David Lang to discuss the performance for Skirball's "Office Hours" Series. You can view the interview on Facebook.