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Is it allowed to play with serious opera …? Surely! Bergen National Opera is now creating a web based game, where the composer, librettist and singer – as well as the director will show up as animated 3D-figures.

The young Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due (b. 1993) is, together with the animation experts at Oslo based Expanse, commissioned by Bergen National Opera to create a free, web based opera game.

This point and click animation tells the story of how an opera is made in a friendly and funny way, and starts with the librettist receiving a commission from Bergen National Opera!

This game is loosely based on the process by which composer W. A. Mozart and librettist Metastasio wrote La Clemenza di Tito, and the playful animation will follow the composer, librettist (the person writing the opera lyrics/script) and the today’s director and a singer – right up until the opera's premiere.

The game also plans to explore other details in an opera production, like set, props and costumes. The viewers can ‘point and click’ on different kinds of characters and objects and gather points as they go along.

Peder Barratt-Due, currently based in Los Angeles, leads the project. Barratt-Due´s own new chamber opera, “Language is a skin”, developed with BNO, was due to have its premiere as part of Future Opera at this year‘s Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) May 2020 – but was cancelled because of the corona crisis.

Peder Barratt-Due / Creative Director
Fredrik Fottland / Project director (Expanse)
Sigurd Sørlie / Animator (Expanse)


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