Nicholas Lens

Nicholas Lens

Born: November 14th, 1957
Country of origin: Belgium

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The multi-disciplinairy artist (composer/author/director) Nicholas Lens was born in Ypres, Belgium. His recordings are distributed by Sony/BMG International. Nicholas Lens lives in Brussels.

In recent years, Nicholas Lens has increasingly worked in the field of music and moving theatre (contemporary dance). resently, his opera, Slow Man, will premiere on July 5th at the Opera House of Poznan, Poland in co-production with the Malta Festival 2012. Slow Man is based on the novel by John M. Coetzee who is writing the libretto. The production has been written for two dancers, three singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone), a small female choir (15) and orchestra (47). The length is around two hours and fifteen minutes. Slow Man is resolutely breaking with Lens’ earlier artistic period as his music evolved into the direction of operatic music theatre and a much higher complexity in respect of rhythm and (a)tonality. Rather than closely following the original story, Slow Man in its form of contemporary opera will evoke and accentuate the poetry of the inner reflections of three of the main characters.

Lens is in preparation of a second opera with John M. Coetzee called Elizabeth Costello, the secretary of thoughts.

First he will finish a work for symphonic orchestra, soloists, choir and boys choir together with Nick Cave (lyrics). This work, Shell-Shock, A Requiem of War will premiere in October 2014.

For more information, please visit Nicholas Lens' website: www.nicholaslens.com