Bliss - Michigan Opera Theatre

Overview

Transcendence is motion. Falling into the sublime is motion. Both are the sweet effects of BLISS, the soul-soothing paean by acclaimed Icelandic multi-disciplinary artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

BLISS replays three sublime minutes of The Marriage of Figaro with the same cast and same orchestra without pause for twelve hours. The scene, in which Count Almaviva pleads for, and ultimately wins, the Countess’s forgiveness, features some of the most heavenly music Mozart composed. BLISS creates the feeling of an eternal looped moment of repentance and grace, of free-falling in sublime transcendence.

Sold out in New York and Los Angeles, BLISS appears in Detroit as a community experience for listeners to come as they are and come and go as they please. Re-staged by MOT Artistic Director Yuval Sharon, BLISS reflects the overarching theme of this season: music possesses the power to heal; it can hold us eternally in forgiveness and grace.

Fast Facts

THE HISTORIC MICHIGAN BUILDING THEATRE, DETROIT

A recreation of Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance based on Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
Re-staged by Yuval Sharon and conducted by Christopher Rountree
In partnership with University Musical Society

“A MASTERPIECE. Bliss saw audiences cheering in the aisles, crying in their seats, struck dumb and lifted high by its transforming hallucinatory power.”
-Artnet

Synopsis

Sublime transcendence is the sweet effect of BLISS, the soul-soothing paean by acclaimed Icelandic multi-disciplinary artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

Borrowing from the finale of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, in which Count Almaviva pleads for—and ultimately wins—the Countess’s forgiveness, BLISS replays these three minutes of the opera with the same cast and same orchestra without pause for twelve hours. Creating the feeling of an eternal looped moment of repentance and grace with some of the most heavenly music Mozart composed, BLISS is a staggering artistic achievement.

Sold out in New York and Los Angeles, BLISS appears in Detroit as a community experience for listeners to come as they are and come and go as they please. This recreation of Kjartansson’s original performance features singers in period costumes on the traditional set. BLISS will mark the first live performance being performed in the historic Michigan Building Theatre since its conversion to a parking center, breaking a fifty-year performance hiatus in the space. Re-staged by MOT Artistic Director Yuval Sharon, BLISS reflects the overarching theme of this season: music possesses the power to heal; it can hold us eternally in forgiveness and grace.

Sponsors

Presented by:

with support from:

Knight Foundation Logo

 

and

 

Gary L. Wasserman and Charles H. Kashner

Fast Facts

THE HISTORIC MICHIGAN BUILDING THEATRE, DETROIT

A recreation of Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance based on Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
Re-staged by Yuval Sharon and conducted by Christopher Rountree
In partnership with University Musical Society

“A MASTERPIECE. Bliss saw audiences cheering in the aisles, crying in their seats, struck dumb and lifted high by its transforming hallucinatory power.”
-Artnet

Sponsors

Presented by:

with support from:

Knight Foundation Logo

 

and

 

Gary L. Wasserman and Charles H. Kashner