Composer, librettist and conductor
Premiere: Season 2023-24
With three quarters of the opera score now completed, composer Bassem Akiki has meanwhile had the opportunity to test his innovative compositional technique (more on this later) on a symphonic orchestral work. Huis Clos I is based on two musical themes from Amor fati, which are consistently developed according to the same mathematical principles that also govern the opera. The title refers to Sartre's existential drama that, together with Racine's Andromaque, forms the basis of the libretto, but also to the fact that the piece was written in full lockdown. Bassem Akiki conducted its premiere on 27 August 2020, at the head of the Sinfonia Varsovia chamber orchestra.