NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Tree Opera, launching the series of art events organized at the new venue, Forest Stage and its surroundings in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, is a high-quality interart piece that is based on recent scientific research, highlighting the ecological and cultural significance of forests.

The starting point for the contemporary opera piece is the entwined relationship of humans and forests and the conscious and unconscious communication that is based on it. Tree Opera is linked to the protection of valuable old-growth forests in the area.

The opera’s libretto is inspired by forester and author Peter Wohlleben’s book The Hidden Life of Trees, in which he asks if the trees are, in fact, social beings. He draws on scientific findings to describe trees’ similarities with humans.​

The artistic group behind the opera is formed by internationally acclaimed musicians, composers and visual artists from Latvia and Sweden. The orchestra comes from Latvia. The vocals are performed by eight singers from the Latvian Radio Choir.

Tree Opera wishes to give a voice to trees and forests. That voice will tell its own story, hoping to evoke thoughts in the audience about the complex role of humans and nature, questioning the mindset of people regarding nature and forests. Could the idea of humans being superior to all other species move towards a discourse where we all are only part of the all-encompassing processes of nature?

Gallery name: Mustarinda and Forest Stage

Address: Paljakantie 61, Hyrynsalmi

Open: 17.08.2019 - 18.08.2019