Gloria is an immersive opera that seamlessly intertwines electronic music, video and vocal performance. It is at once a eulogy of beauty, of the sacred, of creative spirits and of excess. Sovereign and alone, surrounded by screens placed 360 degrees around the audience, Mykalle Bielinski delivers an ethereal polyphonic vocal performance so entrancing that it blends into the myriad of projections around her. Her music and her singing, made of both liturgical and traditional pieces, invites a state of contemplation. Gloria combines spirituality and technology to create a mythical musical experience that forces us to look inwards, into our yet-undiscovered imagination. The singer’s magnetic grace and her powerful angelic voice reveal an intimate glance into our own personal mythology.
Gloria premiered at OFFTA in 2015 and has since been presented in Québec City at Mois Multi in 2016 and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in May 2017 for 6 sold-out performances. It recently had its international premiere at Operastate/BMotion in Bassano del Grappa, Italy in September 2017.
Mykalle Bielinski is currently working on new music for two different projects. A new piece called Myths from the inside is an immersive concert based on vocal rituals, stage presence and spoken word. Seeking the roots of the world’s spirituality in order to find some sense of universality, she has created a performative polyphonic choir with six other women that arouses the essential elements of living. Facing all steps of grief, the performance attends to transcending the inevitable by magnifying death and rebirth. As a vocal artist and singer-song writer, Mykalle is also working on new music for an album. Inspired by sacred chants and electronics, she blends both influences with intimacy and grace.
Photos by Claire Renaud, Marion Gotti and Lise Breton
“A liturgy for our era.”
—Alexandre Cadieux, Le Devoir
“The blend between music, images and words creates a moment of communion often wished in theatre but less often reached.”
—Daphné Bathalon, montheatre.qc.ca
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