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 transferred to the music's rythm, and 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