Michael Nyman

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Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday 12th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Thursday 14th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Saturday 16th August 2014
    Facing Goya - Singapore

    Composed by Michael Nyman Libretto by Victoria Hardie Directed by Ong Keng Sen Conducted by John Kennedy In collaboration with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. Legend has it that Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain. In Facing Goya, one woman takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya's creativity for commercial profit, as Goya's skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science's triumph over nature. Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award- winning British composer Michael Nyman, and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest painters, Francisco Goya. Blending fact and fiction, Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if his creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?" Originally presented in 2000, Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya promises two hours of Nyman's highly atmospheric minimalist rhythms, a masterful juggernaut not to be missed. Sung in English with English surtitles. By arrangement with Chester Music Limited on behalf of Michael Nyman Limited. In collaboration with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Facing Goya is a co-production by Spoleto Festival USA and SIFA.

    Victoria Theatre, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Wednesday 17th September 2014
    BOZAR Festival

    The Michael Nyman Band at the BOZAR Festival Programme: The 11th Year and The 6th Part Of The World (Vertov's silent film with scores by Michael Nyman

    , Brussels, Belgium

  • Wednesday 1st October 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Chalons en Champagne

    Premiere of 'War Work'.

    , Chalons En Champagne, France

  • Sunday 5th October 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Vienna

    Potemkin.

    Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
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  • Saturday 8th November 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Cologne

    Although the author of numerous instrumental, orchestral, and theatrical works, it is without a doubt the cinema which has made Michael Nyman’s distinctive style so widely known: minimalism mixed with borrowings from classical music and the textures of rock. He wrote the scores for Peter Greenaway’s mythic films Murder in an English Garden (1982) and Zoo (1985) as well as for Jane Campion’s The Piano Lesson. It is therefore not surprising that his commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War should take the form of a vast visual and musical fresco. War Work gleans material from various archives in Great Britain, France and Germany. By simultaneously composing the music and the montage of images, Michael Nyman questions everything that has been erased from our memories: the unknown soldiers, or that which has never been recovered – identities without bodies. This concert is part of the War and Peace Concert Series II, November 9-17.

    Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
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  • Thursday 13th November 2014
    Ohio, USA

    Performing Time Will Pronounce

    MidAmerican Center For Contemporary Music, Bowling Green State University, United States

  • Friday 14th November 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Metz

    Although the author of numerous instrumental, orchestral, and theatrical works, it is without a doubt the cinema which has made Michael Nyman’s distinctive style so widely known: minimalism mixed with borrowings from classical music and the textures of rock. He wrote the scores for Peter Greenaway’s mythic films Murder in an English Garden (1982) and Zoo (1985) as well as for Jane Campion’s The Piano Lesson. It is therefore not surprising that his commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War should take the form of a vast visual and musical fresco. War Work gleans material from various archives in Great Britain, France and Germany. By simultaneously composing the music and the montage of images, Michael Nyman questions everything that has been erased from our memories: the unknown soldiers, or that which has never been recovered – identities without bodies. This concert is part of the War and Peace Concert Series II, November 9-17.

    L'arsenal, Metz, France
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  • Saturday 15th November 2014
    New York, USA

    Performing Time Will Pronounce

    Subculture, New York City, United States

  • Saturday 15th November 2014
    Michael Nyman Band - Paris

    Although the author of numerous instrumental, orchestral, and theatrical works, it is without a doubt the cinema which has made Michael Nyman’s distinctive style so widely known: minimalism mixed with borrowings from classical music and the textures of rock. He wrote the scores for Peter Greenaway’s mythic films Murder in an English Garden (1982) and Zoo (1985) as well as for Jane Campion’s The Piano Lesson. It is therefore not surprising that his commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War should take the form of a vast visual and musical fresco. War Work gleans material from various archives in Great Britain, France and Germany. By simultaneously composing the music and the montage of images, Michael Nyman questions everything that has been erased from our memories: the unknown soldiers, or that which has never been recovered – identities without bodies. This concert is part of the War and Peace Concert Series II, November 9-17.

    Cité de la musique, Paris, France
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