Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Kathryn Walat, Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss
About the Work Creators Video/Audio Gallery Press Performances


The Echo Drift is a surrealist opera mystery about Walker Loats, a convicted felon trapped in a prison where measures of time has been removed. But with her own handmade clock and a stream of letters to The Governor she plots her immenint release. At least until a devious moth enters her cell and offers a faster way out -- through "The Echo Drift." The Echo Drift is a mischievous take on perspectives of time, free will, and our time’s neurotic strive to break societal expectations in the quest for self expression.

The 70-minute monodrama will have its world premiere as part of the 2018 Prototype Festival in January 2018 in a co-production by Amercian Opera Projects and PROTOTYPE directed by Mallory Catlett (The Scarlet Ibis).

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(composer, co-librettist)
Mikael Karlsson writes music ranging from orchestral, ballets, chamber music, chamber opera and AAA video games. In 2014 he was awarded the Lakond Award to “an exceptional mid-career composer” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His commissions for dance include works for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ailey II, the Royal Swedish Opera and Ballet, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Semperoper (Dresden) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. He has worked with major contemporary music ensembles in the US (International Contemporary Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), members of Alarm Will Sound and the Mivos Quartet) and Europe (Dahlkvist Quartet). Mr. Karlsson was a fellow in AOP’s Composer and the Voice program in the 2012/2103 Season. His opera-in-progress, Decoration, which originated in C&V was chosen to be part of the Manhattan School of Music's Page to Stage program. Along with The Echo Drift co-creator Elle Kunnos de Voss, she is the recipient of AOP’s first “Genesis Fellowship,” a residency at Hermitage Artist Retreat.

(co-librettist, designer)
Elle Kunnos de Voss is a New York City-based Swedish production designer and creative director of The Metrics Design Group. Her work ranges from award-winning architectural design projects to production design for film, set and costume design for performing arts, as well as writing for stage. Kunnos de Voss holds an M.A. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design. In 2004 she moved to New York and cofounded The Metrics, for which she has completed architectural and interior design projects in New York, Europe, and Asia. Her projects have been featured on television and in books and magazines across the world. Kunnos de Voss is currently developing two librettos. Along with The Echo Drift co-creator Mikael Karlsson, she is the recipient of AOP’s first “Genesis Fellowship,” a residency at Hermitage Artist Retreat.
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October 27, 2015 - SRQ MAGAZINE
Opera profile: "Meet the Faces of New Opera"

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December 1, 2015
First Chance Libretto Reading w artist Q&A
Co-presented with PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now
HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue, New York, NY
Walker Loats - Stephanie Hayes
Governor - Julian Rozzell
Moth/Key - Todd D’Amour
Directed by Mallory Catlett


December 2, 2014
Staged preview of opera-in-development
Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C.
Walker Loats - Amy Shoremount-Obra
Conductor: Carmine Aufiero
Violin: Fung Chern Hwei
Piano: Aaron Likness

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