Founded in 1990 by Paul Hillier, the Theater of Voices is a vocal ensemble specialising in the performance of early and contemporary music. Their programme brings together contemporary composers such as Luciano Berio, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, John Cage, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Pelle Gundmundsen-Holmgreen with Perotin, John Dowland and Dietrich Buxtehude. The group collaborated with Peter Sellars on a stage production of Stravinsky’s Biblical Pieces at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and for the Paris premiere of the oratorio El Niño (DVD).
The ensemble performs regularly at the Edinburgh Festival, the Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Festival (Stockhausen’s Stimmung), and the BBC Proms and also works with renowned instrumentalists. Theater of Voices has premiered a number of works, including Gavin Bryars’ The Stones of the Arch with the Kronos Quartet at the Steve Reich Festival (2007), an opera by the Chinese composer Liu Sola, The Afterlife of Li Jiantong, at the Danish Royal Opera and the Barbican Centre in London (2009), Pelle Gundmundsen-Holmgreen’s Company with the London Sinfonietta (2010), and David Lang’s Ark Luggage with the Smith Quartet (2012). The group has made numerous recordings for Harmonia mundi including Stockhausen’s Stimmung, Stories (Berio, Cage, Berberian), The Christmas Story and Creator Spiritus (Arvo Pärt), and The Little Match Girl Passion (David Lang).
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