Last and First Men in Sydney


Last and First Men in Sydney

On 2 June, TOV will be performing at the Sydney Opera House in the Australian premiere of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s multimedia work “Last and First Men“, one of the final achievements by the great Icelandic composer - and close collaborator to TOV - before he past away in 2018.

Based on Olaf Stapledon’s visionary 1930 sci-fi novel, “Last and First Men” is a unique mix of film and fiction with breathtaking 16mm footage, narration and not least Jóhannsson’s mesmerising score, performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Theatre of Voices' Else Torp and Kate Macoboy - led by Benjamin Northey.

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TOV revisits Carnegie Hall


TOV revisits Carnegie Hall

Photo: Reinhard Wilting

This Wednesday, we are invited back to New York's Carnegie Hall to present a world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-awarded composer David Lang's cycle for choir, the writings. TOV will be performing the new work with the Yale Voxtet - eight talented students from Yale University who, on the days leading up to the concert, have been studying the piece on a workshop, led by TOV and Paul Hillier.

The first half of the concert includes the US premiere of Danish director Phie Ambo's Songs from the Soil - a visual poem that poetically communicates the essence of biodynamics to our ears and senses. Ambo's images have no words or dialogue; instead they are accomapnied by well-known works by Arvo Pärt, performed live by Theatre of Voices and Christopher Bowers-Broadbent.

Drone Mass recording in Copenhagen


Drone Mass recording in Copenhagen

Photo: Sacrum Profanum

May 26th-29th ACME String Quartet visits Theatre of Voices in Copenhagen to record Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass for Deutsche Grammophon, led by Paul Hillier and recorded by producer Francesco Donadello.

Our recent performance at Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee, was hailed by Roling Stones as:

“….the glacial drama of minimalism, the familiar harmonies of church music, the keening drama of pop, the deep digital rumble of modern cinema – all in movements that feel about the length of a rock song. Played to a standing crowd in rock club Mill & Mine, the piece made it difficult not to adhere to the unwritten, long-held orchestra rule of not applauding until the end. But after a movement where a vocal drone met a cello slide – the satisfying sound of a properly tuned guitar, an effect like a film coming into focus – the boundary was breached and torrents of applause followed."

UPCOMING CONCERTS:   > See all concerts

Jóhannsson: Last and First Men – Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Hall

Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 at 7.30pm

PÄRT – Creator spiritus

Trinitatis Kirke, Copenhagen

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 4.30pm

North Atlantic Route – Odsherred Kammermusikfestival

Hempel Glasmuseum, Anneberg, Nykøbing Sj.

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 at 7.30pm


For an up-to-date overview of our current repertoire, please contact Theatre of Voices


Danish Arts Foundation
Augustinus Fonden
Wilhelm Hansen Fonden
Dansk Komponist Forening

Kronos Quartet
London Sinfonietta

YXUS Ensemble
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Dacapo Records
Harmonia Mundi
Trinitatis Kirke

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