Glare, an operatic thriller by German/Danish composer Søren Nils Eichberg, will have its world premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 14 November 2014, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.
'I've never done a robot opera before, I've never created a robot before, I've never fallen in love with a robot before; I don't think these are things that you can immediately call upon in a method acting kind of way,' Thaddeus says of directing Glare.
The opera explores a complex web of human relationships through the story of Alex, a young man looking for love who become suspicious that his seemingly perfect girlfriend is actually a robot.
‘Glare is a very simple love story that starts on a very hopeful note of new love blossoming,’ says Thaddeus, who is making his ROH directing debut in 2014/15. ‘The drama that ensues is figuring out and testing out the limits of perfect love versus something that is completely artificial and therefore not perfect.’
‘We’re all looking for the latest and greatest thing; whether it be a new mobile phone, a new iPad or a new robot girlfriend, the new model is always just around the corner. Perfection is something that's ephemeral and elusive.’ says Thaddeus. ‘The romantic ideal of finding your one soulmate isn’t so much part of our narrative today.’
The opera's premiere will follow Thaddeus's staging of Verdi's I due Foscari on the Covent Garden main stage and is the second of two works from the director during the 2014/15 Season.