Spatial opera in the dark „Confessions“

Spatial opera in the dark „Confessions“


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April 22d, Friday, 6:00 & 8:00 pm
Cultural Center “Sodas 2123” (Vitebsko Str. 23, Vilnius)

Spatial opera in the dark

Concept and composition – Spatial Opera Company: Jens Hedman (Sweden), Rūta Vitkauskaitė (Lithuania / UK), Åsa Nordgren (Sweden)
Performers: Åsa Nordgren (soprano, soundobjects), Rūta Vitkauskaitė (violin, soundobjects), Jens Hedman (electronics, soundobjects)

Opera “Confessions” was inspired by an interest in spatial electronics, in particular – the spatial acoustic sound and its impact upon the human imagination. Therefore, the authors have decided to create a spatial opera in the dark, focussing on the expansion of possibilities offered by the acoustic surroundings. The Cristian idea of the seven deadly sins serves as the basis of the libretto.

The seven parts of the “Confessions” are concerned with the seven cardinal sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride. “Confessions” combines diverse ideas of creative experiments cherished by the authors for a long time: performance of music in the dark, incorporation of other human senses (smell, touch) along with alleged complete removal of the visual aspect. However, in the opera, the latter is in fact the most activated factor in the listener’s imagination – through abstract audio images and concrete pre-recorded sounds that produce strong imagery linked to feelings, sensations or objects.

In 2016 opera “Confessions” was awarded Golden Stage Cross for the best music and Lithuanian Composer’s Union’s prize Musical Nail of The Year. Opera was presented in various concert halls, theatres and as part of different festivals in Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, the Netherlands and the UK.


Duration: 63' (no intermission)

Instructions for spectators: the spectators will sit blindfolded in the dark (blindfolds will be handed out before the performance). The sensations of the audience will be actively provoked. There is the only special “Pink chair” in the audience, it is free of charge, and the person who will win a competition will get it. The occupant of the seat will experience a set of extreme acoustic surroundings, smells, tastes and touches. Those who wish to get this seat need to make a sincere confession of one sin until April 18th, 2022 on The person will be contacted and he/she will have to sign a contract.

Warning: there is no age limit but the parents who bring young children should be sure that the children will be able to spend an hour blindfolded, silent and without any contact with their parents.

Premiere: April 17, 2015 at the Column Hall of the Trades Union House during the 6th contemporary opera festival NOA (New Opera Action)

Supporter: Lithuanian Council for Culture


Spatial Opera Company:

Rūta Vitkauskaitė (kompozitorė, Lietuva / D. Britanija)

Jens Hedman (kompozitorius, Švedija)

Åsa Nordgren (sopranas, Švedija)

Duration: 1 hours 3 min.

Door opens before: 5 min.

Persons under 10 years of age are not admitted.

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: NO.

Organizer: Operomanija, VšĮ

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