Creative Team

Composer

MIKAEL KARLSSON

Librettists

ELLE KUNNOS DE VOSS and KATHRYN WALAT

Librettist

ELLE KUNNOS DE VOSS

Librettist

KATHRYN WALAT

Director

MALLORY CATLETT

Conductor

NICHOLAS DEMAISON

Environment design

ELLE KUNNOS DE VOSS

Projection design

SIMON HARDING

Featuring

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE (ICE) and pianist AARON LINISS

Starring

BLYTHE GAISSERT as Walker Loats and JOHN KELLY as Governor & The Moth

MIKAEL KARLSSON

ELLE KUNNOS DE VOSS

KATHRYN WALAT

NICHOLAS DEMAISON

ELLE KUNNOS DE VOSS

About

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Support

World premiere production presented by the PROTOTYPE Festival in association with Baruch Performing Arts Center.

The Echo Drift was originally developed by Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss in a full-length workshop presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC in 2014. The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.

Produced in association with Baruch Performing Arts Center.

Press

“Everything about this presentation was virtuoso...”

The New York Observer

“Stark and intricate, propulsive and a little film-noir, 'The Echo Drift' is most exciting when it is fast and cacophonous, nearly overwhelming the senses...what the eye sees is just as complex and alluring as what the ear hears.”

The New York Times

"...The Echo Drift is surprisingly accessible...balanced an immersive multidimensional experience with a refreshing affirmation of human solidarity.”

I Care If You Listen

01 / 03

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THE ECHO DRIFT

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