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THE MAN WITH NIGHT SWEATS (IAIN BELL)

Premiere: 21 November 2021, Łaźnia Nowa, Cracow (Poland) as a part of Opera Rara Festival

Creative team: Krystian Lada (concept, stage directions & set), Aleksandr Prowaliński (lights & set), Alex Rosen (bass-baritone), William Kelley (pianist)

 


 

Together with the British composer Iain Bell, Krystian has been working on a triptych of opera monodramas portraying new visions of masculinity in our times. The second part of the triptych is inspired by Thom Gunn’s collection „Night Sweats”, a response to and observation of the AIDS crisis during its ‘height’ in the 1980s. On its basis the narrative was created of a man seeing those around him dying of AIDS, whilst being aware he too is HIV+. This man’s journey gave the opportunity to create a monodrama in song cycle form, bearing witness to his compassion, grief, hope and terror.