The ECHO-Opera is a location opera that uses it’s stage, Fort Rijnauwen in Utrecht, as an instrument and an antagonist.
The opera tells a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy of Echo & Narcissus and asks one of the big questions of our modern society; What is real?
The main-character communicates online in a sum of his achievements, as he sees his environment doing as well. He tells about his travels, relations, his outgoingness and other successes. This "ECHO" he creates is only a fraction of his reality which he presents as a whole. But in reality he is a human with failures, doubts, and low-points that only he experiences.
He sees this Echo growing and growing in the light of the praise his peers give to it, allowing his true self to be taken over.
In a cry for help he reveals his three-dimensional person, his flaws, his anxieties, his shortcomings, but society scolds him for it preferring his Echo above his truth.
While the protagonist withers away, the Echo grows on leaving nothing but the ashes of reality behind.
The ECHO-Opera is created in cooperation with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek. It premiered as a support of Holland Opera on the 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd and 30th June 2017.
Concept and Compositions: Stef Veldhuis
Libretto: Anne-Fleur Kan
Clarinets: Marinthe Jansen & Bernardo Alcalá
Bass clarinet: Vincent Martig
Percussion: Niek Kleinjan
Soprano: Elea Bekkers
Alto: Anna Vala Olafsdottir
Bariton: Nathan Tax