Sola Soletta

An investigation into gender-related hierarchies in the opera industry.

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. In SOLA SOLETTA, Maribeth Diggle (US) 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

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Maribeth Diggle, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and Muziektheater Transparant.

Coproduction: Fonds Podiumkunsten and Perpodium.

With the support of LOD Muziektheater, les ballets C de la B, Kabinet K., Nicole Beutler Projects and Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

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Concept | Direction: Maribeth DiggleAssistant director: Gaia SaittaComposition | Electronics: Ezequiel MenalledDramaturgy: Katherina LindekensMusical Dramaturgy: Steven Prengels • Choreography: Lisi EstarasArtistic advice: Nicole BeutlerVoice | Play | Dance: Maribeth DiggleLisi EstarasEurudike De Beul • Remus Gesquiere • Scenography: Eva FlorizooneLight design: Zaza DupontCostumes: Irina ShaposhinikovaMake-up: Marissa Coster