Persona is a chamber opera for three singers, strings and synthesizer for a target audience of 12 to 15 year olds. In a world dominated by masks and performance, children are more than ever conditioned to follow suit, whether online, after school or in the classroom. Persona focuses on three teenagers with radically different values and priorities. Charlie is popular at school but is secretly trapped in her dysmorphia, Rocco overacts his masculinity, whilst posting drag makeup home tutorials, and Alex prioritizes her activist causes to any form of real social bond.
Delving into their newly added PERSONA profiles (an addictive hybrid of known platforms, with an added diary feature), they are forced to make decisions that will expose them in unexpected ways. The role of the audience here is novel: Slipping into the roles of their followers they influence the path our three protagonists will face. Each show is thus unique and can result in drastically different outcomes, shaping both the plot and the fate of all three heroes.
scheduled for May 2021
Director | Zsófia Geréb
Composition | Thierry Tidrow,
Game Developer | Sven Ehrentraut
Dramaturgy | Michael Eickhoff, Merle Fahrholz, Matthias Keller, Roman Senkl
Libretto | Franziska vom Heede