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Jenna Finnish Ristilä

Sibelius Academy

Jääkausi (Iceage)

The opera's dreamlike libretto tells the story of a relationship gone wrong. It starts as an apocalyptic image of the future after climate change where people fight for survival, but in the end Ice age turns out to be a metaphor of the protagonists own state of mind. The story centers around how people act towards each other in today's society: the increasing divide of people into us and them; and how the current egocentric way of life affects our relationships. Itzam Zapata's music embraces the dreamy absurdity of the libretto: his musical language is an unprejudiced collage of microtonality, gregorian chant, jazzy duets and mad cabaret, bringing out the dark humour of Juho Gröndahl's text.