Piece for 1 perfomer
Premiered on 15th September 2015 at Nasjonal jazzscene
Part of Ultima Contemporary Music Festival – Oslo, Norway
Vocalist: Elaine Mitchener
Music & libretto: David Toop – music & libretto
Film: Barry Lewis
Direction and choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Lighting: Antony Hateley
The idea for a semi-improvised opera was borne during Elaine Mitchener’s artist residency in Venice under the auspices of Fondazione Claudio Buziol and Muziektheater Transparant in 2010.
Of Leonardo da Vinci is the fruit of that residency, a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop, respected vocalist/improviser Elaine Mitchener, acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, and making his operatic directorial debut, Dam Van Huynh.
Together they have created a contemporary opera that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to explore space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty.
Commissioned by Ultima Festival.
Original concept supported by Fondazione Claudio Buziol– Venice, Muziektheater Transparant – Antwerp in collaboration with Teatro Fondamenta Nuove – Venice.
4 September 2018 – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – London
10 November 2017 – Sound Festival – Aberdeen
26 October 2016 – SPILL Festival of Performance – Ipswich
15 September 2015 – ULTIMA Festival – Oslo, Norway