Commissioned by Opéra Grand Avignon Three Lunar Seas by Josephine Stephenson – with a libretto by Ben Osborn – will receive its world premiere on May 5, 2023.
Three Lunar Seas tells three parallel stories about three of the big issues of our changing times: the question of having children in a world where the future is uncertain; the impact of disease on our social relationships; and our responsibility towards the environmental crisis. Each narrative takes inspiration from one of the so-called lunar ‘seas’ (here the Sea of Fertility, the Sea of Tranquillity and the Sea of Serenity), as well as ancient tales of the moon. The figure of the moon, ever hovering above us, lends an eternal, transcendental dimension to these societal questions.
“Ben (librettist) and I wanted to talk about some of the crucial issues of our times, about living in a time of change, when the future is particularly uncertain. We also wanted stories with female characters at the core. The three stories ask questions without giving clear answers, hoping to spark reflection in the audience’s own minds” Stephenson says of the work.
All in all, Three Lunar Seas is a must-see opera for all lovers of music and poetry. The symbolic richness of the moon waits for you, don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary musical experience!
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