Contemporary Opera Festival NOA (New Opera Action)

The title New Opera Action first of all indicates new action in the environment of Lithuanian academic culture. It is an enthusiastic attempt to create a platform for synchronous communication of young generation artists and render active the growth of a slender pulsatile creative organism. This action is intended to widen the stretches of cultural life in the country and establish an alternative territory for synthetic art.

Secondly, the title New Opera Action indicates a new opera, although they are more likely versions of new opera, born in an interdisciplinary collective creative consciousness. Since it is a miscellaneous group of artists working in this chamber opera laboratory, versions of new opera acquire the most varied of shapes: some look towards the stream of experimental XXth century opera, without hesitating to approach the limits of the genre, others turn to styles of early modernism, striving to keep an identifiable specifics of opera.

The Short Opera Festival is a joint commotion by authors of the young generation, binding artists from different spheres: poets and composers, directors and soloists, instrumentalists and conductors, photo-video artists and scenographers, who have a goal of embodying, commenting, establishing and creating a situation of young opera. It is an attempt to highlight the activity, organization and will to take action of young generation artists to the Lithuanian cultural community.

In 2009, during the festival that took place for the second time, seven operas were presented, the contents of which made hints of three conceptions: myths, parallel worlds, and figures. Actually, these three conceptions could be traced in almost every single one of the operas that re-created post-flood myths and antique stories, intimidating parallel worlds and anomalous supernatural places, and, finally, venturesome fairy-tales and technotronic virtual environments. Plots of operas included the most different of historic figures: poetess Sappho and oracle Akhus, dancer Isadora Duncan and mathematician Alan Turing. These conceptions were put into correspondent sound spheres, covering digital, electro-acoustic and instrumental music.