Music, Drama, Avant-Garde/Experimental, World Premiere, LGBTQ+ Artists, BIPOC Artists, Theatre, Women & Marginalized Genders, Dance, Opera

The Combat

Opera Contempo

Why do we hurt the ones we love most? Does technology bring us closer in connection, or only create combat? We explore these themes in this Baroque opera, sung and played live with acoustic and electronic instruments in an adapted modern score. Dancers represent the virtual battle taking place between Tancredi and Clorinda, two people who care deeply about each other, but who can’t seem to get past their ideological differences. Will the combat lead to reconciliation or death? Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

About the Artists: Opera Contempo in co-production with NEXT Ensemble presents “The Combat” by Claudio Monteverdi, adapted by David Campbell; starring Hilary Koolhoven as the Narrator; Anna Hawkes as Tancredi; and Alyssa Liu as Clorinda. Danced by Karllen Johnson and Aimee Pike. Directed by Emilio Casillas, choreographed by Karllen Johnson, and conducted by Yvette Gilgen.

Founded in Salt Lake City in February 2020, Opera Contempo is a non-profit chamber opera company dedicated to premiering new works, staging new settings, and promoting new voices in the opera genre. #notyourgrandpasopera We believe opera is for everyone, and give top priority to projects and artists of color, LGBTQIA+ artists, artists of marginalized genders, and artists with Utah ties. Please consider supporting our mission on Patreon or by making a donation today.

Performance Schedule 

  • Saturday, July 30 - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 31 - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, August 5 - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 6 - 4:30 PM & 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 7 - 1:30 PM

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