IHOS Music Theatre and Opera
name = IHOS Music Theatre and Opera
type = Not for Profit
foundation = 1990
Constantine Koukiaswith Werner Ihlenfeld
location_city = Hobart
location_country = Australia
industry = Music / Arts / Entertainment
homepage = http://www.ihosopera.com
IHOS Music Theatre and Opera is a
Tasmanianopera company was established in Hobartin 1990, by composer and artistic director Constantine Koukias, and production director Werner Ihlenfeld. The company has agrowing international reputation for creating original music-theatre and opera. Works are commonly multicultural, multilingual(often utilising macaronic librettiand exploit multiple art-forms, blending voice, dance and sound with installation art and digital technology.
IHOS elaborates cross-cultural themes in modern Australia, and productions have been characterised by the use of unconventional industrial venues, and dramatic language - ancient and modern forms of Greek, Hebrew, Mandarin and German, and alternative forms like braille, semaphore signalling and morse code.
IHOS has created five large-scale operas. Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water and MIKROVION, were first staged in Hobart, and have since been showcased at Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart arts festivals. The Divine Kiss was commissioned by Access Arts for the 1998 Brisbane Festival, and later staged at the Theatre Royal, Hobart in 1999. Most recently Tesla - Lightning in His Hand, opened the 2003 Ten Days on the Island festival.
IHOS is also committed to large-scale community projects. In 1996 IHOS created PULP - An Industrial Opera, commissioned by the Australian Paper Mill to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Burnie pulp mill. The project is cited by the Australia Council (1997) as a national example of excellence in community arts. In 2001 Sea Chant - an historical community opera staged on a merino sheep stud on Tasmania's east coast - was a major attraction of the inaugural Ten Days on the Island festival.
Smaller music theatre pieces composed by Constantine Koukias and produced by IHOS include Rapture: a Sonic Taxi Installation (Hobart 1999), the chamber opera Spirits of the Hoist (Hobart and Launceston 2000), and Schwa, The Neutral Vowel (Hobart 2002).
IHOS Music Theatre and Opera have made a significant contribution to Australian cultural life through their support of the creation of new work both for the theatre and the concert platforms as well as their care in developing programs for young and emerging artists.
*Olegas - "by
Constantine Koukias, Libretto by Natasha Cica"
*TESLA - Lightning in his Hand. "An opera in two parts, sung in English By
*The Divine Kiss (Das Böse ist Immer und Überall) - "An opera sung in Modern and
Ecclesiastical Greek, Hebrew, German and English by Constantine Koukias. Dedicated to the memory of Józef Wawrzynczak"
*To Traverse Water - "An Opera in Two Parts Sung in Ecclesiastical & Modern Greek by
*Days and Nights with Christ - "An opera by
IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory
In late 1999 IHOS formed the "IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory", a sub-section of the main company that provides training for young opera / music-theatre performers, as well as commissioning and collaborative opportunities for Australian composers, directors and designers.
*2007 As if Electronically Controlled (Full Premiere)
*2007 Colonial Pictures
*2006 As if Electronically Controlled (Workshop only)
*2005 The Death of Chatterton
*2005 Da Ponte in Absentia
*2004 Blood Lights
*2004 A Priest's Passion
*2004 For No Apparent Reason
*2003 The Fall of the House of Usher
*2003 Creatures of the Wind
*2003 Scenes from a Calabrese Opera
*2002 Eden's Bequest (second stage)
*2002 Touch Wood
*2002 Antigone Sketches
Sally Rees, Matt Warren
*2002 A Lizard Between Her Breasts
*2001 Happy New Ears
*2001 Death by Defenestration
*2001 Eden's Bequest
*2001 Slip - Synthetic Spaces
*2000 Images from the Life of Nikola Tesla
*2000 The Tesla Project
Notable Laboratory Alumni
Matthew Dewey- Singer and Composer, Director of the Tasmanian Composers Collective
Alexander Dick- Writer
Rachel Wenona Guy- Performer, Singer, Writer, Visual Artist
Sarah Jones- Singer
Michael Lampard- Singer and Composer
*Craig Wood- Performer and Composer
* [http://www.ihosopera.com/ IHOS Music Theatre and Opera]
* [http://www.tasmaniancomposers.com/ The Tasmanian Composers Collective]
* [http://www.matthewdewey.com/ Matthew Dewey Composer]
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