Creation
Opera

Aliados "un opéra du temps réel

Venice Biennale
Sat 6 October 2018,
8 p.m.
Théâtre Carlo Goldoni

“We’re also very much aware that it’s you who brought democracy to Chile” said Lady Thatcher when she invited the senator Augusto Pinochet to tea in London in 1999, sparing not the slightest compliment for the man who would soon have to stand trial for his crimes. Following the example of Nixon in China by John Adams, the opera Aliados inspired by political history, in this case by the Falklands War in 1982 and the improbable alliance of the Iron Lady, champion of liberalism, with the Chilian general during the Cold War. The failing memories of the two aged leaders retired from roles of power, revealing archives, and collective history are at the heart of this project by Sebastian Rivas and Esteban Buch, two Argentineans looking back at a decisive event for their generation and their identity. On the theater stage, designed by Antoine Gindt to look like the set of a television program, reality strikes through visual manipulation and stylized singing. An opera in real-time in every sense of the word; historical time and computer time.

SEBASTIAN RIVAS ALIADOS commissioned by the French governement

Ensemble multilatérale
Nora Petročenko
mezzosoprano
Lionel Peintre baritone
Mélanie Boisvert soprano
Thill Mantero baritone
Richard Dubelski actor and musician
Fanny Brouste costumes
Daniel Levy lighting
Julien Ravoux assistant live filming
Élise Capdenat stage design
Élodie Brémaud assistant director 
Olivier Pasquet IRCAM Computer Music Production
Robin Meier IRCAM Computer Music Design

  • Sebastian Rivas  © DR
    Sebastian Rivas © DR
  • Augusto Pinochet et Margaret Thatcher en 1990. © Jones, L.R.C., Sipa
    Augusto Pinochet et Margaret Thatcher en 1990. © Jones, L.R.C., Sipa