THE ECHO DRIFT (a chamber opera, performed live at the PROTOTYPE Festival 2018, in NYC) Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Pianist Aaron Likness

Walker Loats: Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth: John Kelly

The Echo Drift was originally developed by Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss in a full-length workshop presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC in 2014.
The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.
Produced in association with Baruch Performing Arts Center