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BIRMINGHAM OPERA COMPANY

The Ice Break by Michael Tippett

Featuring Ta'u Pupu'a as Olympion, World Champion


Recorded on 9 April 2015

 Sung in English. Subtitles are available in English, with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages.

Available from 06.30.2020 at 19h00 CET
until
07.30.2020 at 12h00 CET

When a Russian dissident is released after 20 years of imprisonment, he finds his wife in despair, his son estranged and the world outside sinking into racial violence. As events get out of hand, the rivalry between blacks and whites turns into a murderous mob riot.

Birmingham Opera’s artistic director Graham Vick takes up the challenging of mounting Tippett’s both visionary and eccentric opera, that has remained unstaged since its premiere in 1977. An unused warehouse is transformed into an airport terminal, through which the audience enters a participatory experience, ushered by the chorus.

Excerpt from the World Premier of CO2, La Scala, 2015

Excerpt from performance of Pagliacci, November 2016