Playful chamber opera about the waiting souls of purgatory.
Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is a new version of Dante's classic Purgatory from The Divine Comedy. The strict verse form from the original Italian version has been maintained, but the text has been rewritten into anti-academic "street language" English.
From a stripped-down stage, four singers / actors and three string players present the first nine cantos of Purgatory: Antepurgatorio. Here, in transit between hell and paradise, Dante meets the souls who are waiting to atone for their sins. Human emotions such as imperfection, justice, confusion, and tolerance are explored in a smart, refreshing, and humorous way.
The chamber opera Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is created by Spreafico Eckly, the Bergen-based production company of writer and theatre director Andrea Spreafico, and composer and artist Matteo Fargion.
'Who would have thought that purgatory could be low-key, funny and beautiful?' – NORSK SHAKESPEARETIDSSKRIFT