Born in 1985 in Tel Aviv, composer Sivan Eldar holds a PhD in composition from UC Berkeley and then joined IRCAM in Paris to follow the Cursus in Composition and Computer Music (2017).
His music, published by Éditions Durand, is described as “meditative and captivating” (L’Humanité), “of great refinement” (ResMusica) and “with a unique sensitivity to drama” (Diapason).
Her most recent creations include Like Flesh (Operas of Lille, Montpellier, Lorraine, Antwerp), After Arethusa (Venice Biennale, Louvre Auditorium), Una Mujer Derramada (Théâtre du Châtelet), Heave (Centre Pompidou, Opéra de Marseille, November Musique) and Solicitations (Philharmonie Luxembourg, Ultraschall Berlin, Festival Présences, Wien Modern). She recently won the Fedora Opera 2021 prize, and has been a resident at the Villa Albertine, the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo, Civitella Ranieri, Singer-Polignac, Royaumont and Fulbright foundations.
In January 2022, she completed her first opera Like Flesh, the culmination of four years of research into a new hybrid musical language. Her year as a fellow at Villa Medici marks a unique moment of artistic reflection and will be dedicated to a new project: an oratorio for 2024 where the theme of ritual plays a central role.
The oratorio represents a juxtaposition of two seminal stories, the radical Vimalakirti sutra and the story of the legendary Carnatic musician Seetha Doraiswamy. This is a collaboration with two distinct artistic voices: the director Peter Sellars and the Indian Carnatic singer Ganavya Doraiswamy, for the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence.
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