The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. People began to take less walks and society became more isolated. Covering new realities, Apple presented a unique art project “Eight Songs From Isolation”. According to the company, this is the first opera in the history of music industry, written in isolation mode and completely filmed on iPhone.
The world premiere of the project was held at Apple Music. The author of “Eight Songs from Isolation” was the famous conductor Oliver Zeffman, who brought together eight composers from around the world, including Thomas Ades and Ilya Demutskiy. The result was a forty-minute film directed by Billy Boyd Cape.
The composers chose eight texts on isolation, each based on what they themselves had experienced in the past five months. fifty people from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia worked remotely to create the project.
Among the performers were: British opera diva Sarah Connolly, one of the most popular academic performers of the 21st century – Yestin Davis and the winner of the BBC International Vocal Competition “Singer of the World” – Andrew Kimach, who debuted in 2016 on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
The press service of Apple notes:
“Conductor Oliver Zeffman became the ideological inspirer of the first opera for a socially closed world, the project was created specifically for streaming rather than live performances. This is the first opera written in an environment where the artists could not meet in person. Zeffman conducted the orchestra in the studio, then the performers were filmed separately, including in their homes, on iPhone 11 Pro”.