Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast Series 5 Ep 35: Aksel-Otto Bull and Gisle Kverndokk discuss ‘Upon This Handful of Earth’

‘Upon this Handful of Earth’ received its European premiere at the Church Music Festival in Oslo on Monday 24 March 2019.

I spoke to composer and librettists Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull about the work, the issues it highlights, and the challenges in bringing the conversation about climate change to the operatic form.

In some respects, interviewing a composer and a librettist after the second performance of a new work they’ve created is something bound to result in one or two schoolboy errors on my part.

If you’d written something, watched a one off performance of it after a week of rehearsals and then headed into a anaylsis of it given by an audience member you’d feel uncomfortable, wouldn’t you?

Gisle and Aksel – composer and librettists of ‘Upon this handful of earth’ – a parable-esque inspired opera exploring the ongoing conversation and mounting campaign around climate change – handled the experience like the professionals they are.

Podcast 35 was recorded in Oslo on Monday 25 March 2019. It also contains exclusive excerpts from the production mounted in the Trinity Church, Oslo the day before.

Read a review of the European premiere of ‘Upon This Handful of Earth’

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