The Latvian Radio Choir will present its choral opera NeoArctic in Washington, D.C. with the US premiere taking place at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

The Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Kaspars Putniņš prepare for a tour in the United States of America. The US premiere of a unique musical project - the choral opera NeoArctic, composed by Krists Auznieks and Andy Stott, directed by Kirsten Dehlholm, and created in collaboration between the Danish production company Hotel pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir - will take place on 13 - 16 February.

 World premiere of the choral opera NeoArctic took place on 26 August 2016 at the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian theatre in Latvia. Since then, this impressive musical performance has been shown to audiences in Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. In May 2018, the choral opera NeoArctic was performed at the prestigious Southbank Centre in London as part of the international program of Latvia’s Centenary.

The choral opera NeoArctic is a challenging, poetic and moving musical performance about the Anthropocene - a new, geological era characterised by a previously unknown human influence on the ecosystem of the Earth. The main theme of the choral opera is the relationship between processes, structures and the form. People have become a “force of nature” that causes rapid, previously unforeseen changes on the planet Earth they inhabit.

The audio journey of this production has been created by two very different, young and talented composers -   Andy Stott (UK) and winner of the 2017 Grand Music Award of Latvia -  Krists Auznieks (Latvia). Twelve singers of the Latvian Radio Choir each give life to a different character in this polyphonic canvas, finding their way through the textures and rhythms of the electronic sound track and creating a poetic story in twelve acts - twelve performative songs.

Kaspars Putniņš, conductor of the first performance of the production, notes: “Composer Krists Auznieks embodies almost all musical genres. His experience in music encompasses nearly the entire spectrum of what we can imagine. His musical language is mature, with an extremely powerful character and a clear identity.”

Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed innovator of techno and producer of experimental techno, Andy Stott adds the unique shape of techno to this musical canvas.

The theatrical language of Kirsten Dehlholm, director at the Danish production company Hotel pro Forma, is particularly bright, fresh, full of contrast, modern and unordinary.

“The purpose of this performance is to portray the era in which we live today, when human influence on the planet has become irreversible. It is hard to anticipate the end, but we need to pay attention to what is happening right now before we reach the end of the world,” K. Dehlholm explains.

Collaboration between the Latvian Radio Choir, the Danish performance and installation theatre company Hotel pro Forma and director Kirsten Dehlholm over the past decade has resulted in three multimedia choral operas. Following an initial collaboration on Operation Orpheus (2007), two more widely acknowledged productions were created: War Sum Up (2011) and NeoArctic (2016).