Gotham Chamber Opera

Where opera gets intimate.

Voice, sound, and movement have been the basic elements of drama in every age; their mutual interplay is one of the most complex and challenging territories for every theater maker to venture in.











The Tempest Songbook offers an extraordinary chance to bring together poetry, music, and dance in the singular form of a songbook. Stemming from Kaija Saariaho’s collection of songs, it allows a look at the poetic world of Shakespeare’s play through her suggested pairing with Henry Purcell. 











Moving away from the intention of expressing any plot or narrative outline, we find in each song a self-contained dramatic universe to explore, a metaphorical space through which characters wander, sing, and dance. 


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