The opera art form needs to develop new ways forward for the future. This could mean, of course, new composers but also projects developed by great visual artists, actors or singers who do not necessarily need to be opera singers. For sure, Antony, for example, brings a lyricism that in conjunction with Bob Wilson and Marina Abramović will make this production a real opera, just as Monteverdi would have loved.
Gerard Mortier, Artistic Director, Teatro Real Madrid
Next July 9th in Manchester will open one of the most awaited new performing art creations this year, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic -- involving Bob Wilson, Antony, Willem Dafoe and obviously Marina Abramovic herself.
After its run at the Manchester International Festival this peculiar theatrical-operatic form [or whatever you wish to call it] will travel to several places and in particular to some of the artistically most exciting opera houses in Europe today: Teatro Real - Madrid in April 2012, and Theater Basel in June 2012.
Who would better introduce us to The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic than Marina Abramovic?! Here is a short video of her introductory presentation.