Operakollektivet latest production Team Player is relevant to literally every single 90s child and Gen Y out there. Literally. If you've ever worked in customer service, whether in retail or a chain restaurant, you are bound to relate with the characters of this dark comedy, filled with the cynicism that characterizes our generation.
Prodigy's character is contrasted by Mentor, performed by dramatic mezzo-soprano Margret Brynjarsdottir. Not only does she nail the resting bitch face, she has a magnificent velvety voice and an impeccable English pronunciation.
It's rare to see such a recent composition. Contemporary operas are unfortunately seldom performed in larger halls, but they are the perfect material for an indie opera company performing in an unconvential venue. I mean, an opera set in a coffee shop, presented in a coffee shop? It just makes sense. Plus, the audience has the advantage of being close to the singers, which gives the overall impression that the story is real and happening in your favourite coffee shop.
I am passionate about opera. I choose to see the best in the things around me. I make the most out of every situation. I am an enthusiast. I don't pretend to be a critic, and I certainly am no snob. These are my thoughts, highly influenced by too many high note vibrations and good wine.