Music Current 2023 - Michael Maierhof's "Cold Sweat" (Chamber Opera)

Music Current 2023 - Michael Maierhof's "Cold Sweat" (Chamber Opera)

Friday, 14 April 2023, 6.00pm

Dublin Sound Lab’s Music Current festival returns with a visually stunning and technically outstanding four-day festival programme showcasing some of the most fearless innovators in contemporary music. The festival will host four new concerts, a chamber opera, workshops and discussions that explore the cutting edge of new music, as it takes over Project Arts Centre from April 12 – 15.

Music Current platforms some of the most adventurous musical and visual artists including celebrated Irish artist Jaki Irvine whose new work, Re_sett_ing_s, for ensemble and VJ, will be a major draw to this year’s event. This year the festival welcomes the innovative international new music artists and ensembles Nadar Ensemble, Schallfeld Ensemble, and Natacha Diels – all of whom are performing Ireland for the first time.

Cold Sweat (Kalter Schweis) – a 30-minute "micro opera" – is the first in Michael Maierhof's (Germany) series of "home operas". The work is intended to be performed in domestic spaces, living rooms or public places – at Music Current Festival Cold Sweat will be performed at the Library of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin (Friday 14 April). Currently there are four completed works in the series, each based on a movie of a different genre. Cold Sweat is based on the 1970 gangster movie of the same name directed by Terrance Young and starring Charles Bronson, James Mason and Liv Ullmann. The opera focuses on a single scene showing James Mason being shot, threatening the villain with a gun, and protecting Bronson's wife.

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