Finnish director and librettist Jaakko Nousiainen's multimedia opera La Figure de la Terre makes its German debut.
It might seem mundane, painstakingly measuring the ground to try to determine the shape of our planet. But the story of French scientist Pierre Louis de Maupertuis’ journey through northern Finland isn't without drama, especially when it comes to his escapades with one particular woman. Blending elements from Lapland's folk music and the French Baroque alongside contemporary electronics, Nousiainen and composer Miika Hyytiäinen have combined forces with video artist Mia Mäkelä for a sonic and visual version of a journey beyond the Arctic circle and back. It's sung in French and Swedish, but English and German subtitles help clarify this peculiar scientific drama.