20 Minutes! That is the average time an European worker travels to work
every morning. 20 Minutes of rare idleness! 20 Minutes for an opera!
20 Minutes – The Podcast Opera is
a hybrid opera project based on three different grounds: music, video
and internet. The concept was to compose a piece of contemporary
music that could reach the people without going throught the usual
process (concert houses, CDs, etc.).
In short, it is an electroacoustic opera that lasts 20 minutes, can
be downloaded (for free) and thus be experienced everywhere and not
only in Opera Houses.
Since opera has a visual dimension as well, I asked the video artist
Mathieu Dagorn to make what can be considered as a video-staging of the
challenge was to conceptualize a video that would not disturb the
attention of the spectators toward the music and even helps him
20 Minutes – The Podcast Opera
can be downloaded and performed live as a video or as an Acousmatic
Music piece. The project has been supported by the German
Federal Cultural Foundation.