"The opera world thrives on the often tragic fortunes of female characters, and is populated by the beloved singers who embody them. Behind the scenes, on the other hand, women are less likely to be at the helm. Surprising… or maybe not? If women in opera are rarely portrayed as strong leaders, could that help explain why they rarely hold the keys to an opera house?"
In SOLA SOLETTA, the American soprano Maribeth Diggle (USA) examines these gender-related hierarchies in a socially critical and poetic way. With an idiosyncratic performer cast and the Argentine composer Ezequiel Menalled. His score fuses lyricism, contemporary vocal techniques and live electronics into a sensuous sound design.
In collaboration with costume designer Irina Shaposhnikova, Maribeth gives a completely different look at Mimi from Puccini's La Bohème, one of the most famous operatic characters of all time, by starting from the woman's point of view.
Concept, Directing Maribeth Diggle
Directing assistant Gaia Saitta
Composition, electronica: Ezequiel Menalled
Dramaturgy Katherina Lindekens
Musical dramaturgy Steven Prengels
Choreography Lisi Estaras
Artistic advice Nicole Beutler
Voice, acting, dance Maribeth Diggle, Lisi Estaras, Eurudike De Beul
Scenography Za Florizazoponet
Costumes Irina Shaposhnikova
Make-up Marissa Coster
Production Maribeth Diggle, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and Muziektheater Transparant
CoproductionFund for the Performing Arts and Perpodium