The Voice and its Double
The Voice and its Double

“un mini-opéra pour non-musiciens”, sequence 1

The French artist Franck Leibovici (*1975) created the “Powell Opera” that premiered in Paris in 2008, in collaboration with Maxime Oudry and a group of amateurs. It is part of his ongoing project “Mini-opéra pour non musiciens (Mini-opera for Non-Musicians)”. In this sequence, the speech delivered to the UN Security Council in Geneva by Colin Powell, then the United States Secretary of State, in an effort to “build the case” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq is used as a matrix for the choir. Deploying strategies that parallel those developed by Cornelius Cardew in 1969 for the Scratch Orchestra, the singers work from the words in Powell’s speech and in the many illustrative media clips Powell played in Geneva.