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Of Leonardo da Vinci by Elaine Mitchener

4th Sept 7.45pm, Southbank Centre
Photo credit: Guido Mencari / SPILL Festival

A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this semi-improvised movement opera. Of Leonardo da Vinci explores the universality of death and rebirth by melding vocal improvisation, sound art, image and movement.

Elaine Mitchener and director Dam Van Huynh collaborate to develop David Toop’s music and libretto, with film by Barry Lewis. Together they push the boundaries of opera, testing emotional extremes both vocally and physically, drawing audiences into a unique intimate realm of disturbing beauty.

Elaine Mitchener – soloist
David Toop – music & libretto [after Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks]
Barry Lewis – film
Dam Van Huynh – direction & choreography

Of Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, and the original concept was supported by Fondazione Claudio Buziol (Venice) and Muziektheater Transparant (Antwerp), in collaboration with Teatro Fondamenta Nuove (Venice).

Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
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Photo credit: Guido Mencari / SPILL Festival