Studio Minailo

Minailo created a spectacle with French elegance, keeping balanced proportions between music, word and movement. Thus, he proved that it is possible to build a bridge connecting the past and centuriesold tradition with a contemporary interpretation. This harmonious performance, created with respect for the music is a tribute to the history and style of French baroque opera. It is exactly the golden mean: unobtrusive perception, not transposed, reflecting the artistic values of the work
Agnieszka Lakner, Magiczny Kraków, Hippolyte et Aricie, Opera Rara, Kraków

Studio Minailo is an Amsterdam based studio for the development of new works by director Sjaron Minailo. A laboratory for experimental music theatre, opera, performance and other music related visual work. The works of Sjaron Minailo are performed in different cities around the world and are also found on the Internet.

Minailo’s work is often a reaction to or reflection on social and political developments and artistic transformation of cultures. His main language is that of aesthetics through which contemporary issues are addressed and commented on. Alongside classical and contemporary repertoire Minailo is known for new site-specific creations based on a huge variety of musical material from concert-music to pop music and EDM.


Retrotopia -2019

A collage of compositions from the 17th and 18th century

Commissioned by Reversio Ensemble and the Medynes Festival in Lithuania 2019

Retrotopia is a music theatre performance for one actress and four musicians. The piece is an examination of a contemporary state-of-humanity in which an irrational constant state of insecurity and growing anxiety results in a fear from the nearing future and a powerful escapist regression to the past. In this musical monologue, legendary actress Jūratė Onaitytė embodies a nameless figure stuck in a time between the past and the future. As she tries to negate between her fear of the coming future and an idealization of the past, her present time becomes more and more unbearable.

Premiere, 10 November 2019

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Intimate Letters – 2020

Leoš Janáček Intimate Letters,  Elvis Costello en Brodsky Quartet The Juliet Letters

Commissioned and performed by the Ragazze Quartet featuring soprano Claron McFadden, this music theatre piece is an examination of remembrance, lost times and the relation between past and future.

Premiere, 1 March 2020, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

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Future Opera -2020

A double bill of two new one act opera's by Bára Gísladóttir and Peder Barratt-Due

After the success of the first edition in 2018, Bergen National Opera began a new Future Opera partnership with Icelandic Opera, creating two commissions by Peder Barratt-Due, Norwegian but now based in Los Angeles and Icelandic composer Bára Gísladóttir, exciting young artists with fast-developing careers.

The Opera's will premiere at the Bergen International Festival with staging by Sjaron Minailo. It will be an exciting double performance where the two composers' very different musical approaches explore the common themes of misunderstandings, embarrassing situations, laughter and clarification.

After it's premiere in Bergen the performance will travel on to Europe's most important festival for new music drama, Operadagen Rotterdam, as well as Dark Music Days (Myrkir músíkdagar) in Reykjavik.

Premiere, 23 May 2020

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Future Opera -2020

A new staging of Bizet's legendary opera, commissioned by the Bergen National Opera and will premiere in 2021.

Premiere march 2021

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