Julia Holter and her band will be joined by the 36-strong Chorus of Opera North for the long-awaited premiere of her soundtrack for the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc at Huddersfield Town Hall on 23 November, part of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2022.
There will be a further date for the ensemble at London’s Barbican on 25 November.
In partnership with the Barbican, hcmf// and Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, this major commission for the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and composer is the latest in Opera North’s FILMusic series of live scores. Originally scheduled for summer 2020, it was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
Scoring Carl Theodor Dreyer’s visionary 1928 film, Holter finds an immense sonic tapestry at her fingertips, and an opportunity to dig deeper into her longstanding fascination with the art, history and music of the medieval era.
The breathtaking music of a remarkable contemporary artist with the intensely expressive universe of a landmark of early cinema, with Holter and her band – Sarah Belle Reid, Corey Fogel and Tashi Wada – joined by Opera North’s massed voices.