"The Listeners" on OperaVision

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17 November 2022

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"The Listeners" is now available to stream on OperaVision

The opera "The Listeners" led by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, nominee of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2020, is now available to stream on OperaVision

Discover this beautiful opera about searching for a sense of belonging, about understanding the incomprehensible - and about how charismatic leaders can easily exploit our constant longing for connection to their own ends. 

A middle-class mother living in a southwestern US suburb notices a “hum,” a high-frequency environmental noise that only a select few people, “the Listeners”, can hear. A community organization quickly forms to solve the mystery of the hum, but when a de facto leader suggests a spiritual significance the meetings become increasingly cult-like ritualized experiences. It becomes clear that this community of “Listeners” is on a collision course of destruction.


In this video, we asked the Composer and Librettist of this creation what was their inspiration behind this curious "Hum" and about their creation processes in times of Covid. 


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