SHAPED BY TREES by Biasino Pezzimenti & Konstantin Koukias
Stage 1 – Promotional video recording, October 2016
Stage 2 – Complete Opera recording, May 2017
Stage 3 – Filming in Tasmania, February / March 2018
Stage 4 – Film Release, late 2018
This opera will open your heart, whether you are young or old, to the mysterious world of love, fragility, dogma and finally devotion.We go back and forth in time while Eva, our protagonist, tells her story from a nursing home, where she is suffering the ravages of Alzheimer’s and a tired heart.
Tarka is an idealistic seminarian student who remains in conflict with his immovable, crushing, dominating church and his love for the sensuous Eva. His spiritual aspirations begin to flicker like the light in Eva’s mind, as their love for each other ignites.
Our two lovers are at a dangerous crossroad in their young lives. And like an untried love sometimes will, they carelessly break tradition. They are exposed and raw only to find mercy, beautiful lust and sanctuary within natures indomitable spirit.
The idea of an unworkable or inconceivable partnering of two people always intrigued.
That passion is predatory, excessive and almost mutinous. This puerile relationship is narcissistic, but through it the characters learn how to break through and put the passion aside to become delicate and warmly forgiving.
It is a love story as well as a journey. We go backwards and forwards in time, told by the elderly sick Eva whose memory is now a servant to Alzheimer’s.
Eva as the main character is both profane and holy. A woman born from Gods mercy and retribution. An exotic dancer who at one point says “he was only a burn………an unfinished tattoo on my heart’.
She was talking about her young seminarian lover, Tarka, who entered her monochromatic life in a surprisingly unintentional encounter that ultimately reconstructs both of them forever.
It is a story of reckless love that has no boundaries. The two characters are charismatic and ruthlessly defiant, even in the face of a superior force that will ultimately crush their shamelessness.
Like the story of Adam and Eve they are seduced by their youth, their desires, their confidence, their lust and hunger for all that is perfectly human.
It is also a story of old age where there are decided limitations , as we become disembodied and sadly unrecognisable.
Throughout, there is always hope, there is forgiveness, but mostly it is the human condition that takes us up to heaven and back to the earth again and again and again.
With the neoteric and intensely atmospheric composition of Konstantin’s irresistible music and the roaring poetic images of Biasino’s libretto; together they bring an exciting fresh voice to opera.