The Knife were commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to create an opera. Not just any opera, mind you, but an opera on Charles Darwin's book The Origin of the Species. Sounds interesting right? But there's something interesting afoot here -- neither members of The Knife knew much about opera at all, let alone how to write one.
“At first it was very difficult as we really didn’t know anything about opera. We’d never been to one. I didn’t even know what the word libretto meant. But after some studying, and just getting used to opera’s essence of pretentious and dramatic gestures, I found that there is a lot to learn and play with," said Olof Dreijer.
Turning a negative into a positive, Olof made this a rationale to make it interesting and take a fresh approach.
"Our ignorance gave us a positive respectless approach to making opera. It took me about a year to become emotionally moved by an opera singer and now I really do. I really like the basic theatrical values of opera and the easy way it brings forward a narrative. We’ve approached this before in The Knife but never in such a clear way.”
They collaborated with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock on the piece (titled Tomorrow, In A Year), and it comes out in stores on March 9th, via Mute Records. Downloads begin on February 2nd. Live performances begin as soon as January 8-9 in Athens, January 29-February 1 in Stockholm , and June 5th in Munster. More dates will be announced at a later time.
The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year Track List
06. Ebb Tide Explorer
07. Variation of Birds
08. Letter to Henslow
09. Schoal Swarm Orchestra
01. Annie’s Box
03. Colouring of Pigeons
05. Tomorrow in a Year
06. The Height of Summer
07. Annie's Box (alt. vocal)