Hidden in Plain Sight

site-specific music theater for mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet/bass clarinet, violoncello, and electronics

Aaron Einbond, composer, Jude Christian, director, Marielou Jacquard, mezzo-soprano, Laurent Deleuil, baritone, Jone Bolibar Núñez, clarinet and bass clarinet, Ellen Fallowfield, violoncello, Geneviève Sorin, choreographer. A co-production of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opera Lab Berlin with support from City, University of London.

First performance: 25th June 2016, 5 pm, Hôtel Maynier d’Opèdde, Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Photos: festival-aix.com/fr/medias/hidden-plain-sight-2016

Hidden in Plain Sight is a pop-up music theatre performance that brings the experience of opera as immediate, interactive, and surprising to the streets of Aix-en-Provence during the 2016 Opera Festival. Aaron Einbond’s composed score of vocal, instrumental, and environmental sounds is complemented with short quotations from the work of Debussy, especially Pelléas and Mélisande. Director Jude Christian guides the audience to encounter characters and music in a series of intimate and public settings shaped by their architecture and resonances. Each performer represents a character in an imaginary drama whose narrative is constructed in the minds of the individual participants as they stumble upon or follow the action to hidden corners of the city.