A piece dedicated to questioning gender hierarchy within the opera industry and its gendered roles, on and off stage.
Premiered at the Flemish Opera Gent in May 2022.
In the world-famous opera La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, the audience is not given much information about the interior world of main character Mimì. Like her predecessors and successors, she is rather a metaphor or silhouette. Behind the scenes, opera houses rely heavily on the contribution of women as well, but they are rarely offered positions of leadership. SOLA SOLETTA examines these gender-related hierarchies in both a socially critical and poetic manner. In a collaboration with composer Ezequiel Menalled (ARG), traditional bel canto is combined with contemporary singing techniques to create a brand new score.