Quarteto Contratempus  - © Luísa Freixo

© Luísa Freixo



15 Sat 19.00h & 16 Sun 17.00h


7.50€ • ≈1.10h • >6

Quarteto Contratempus


Opera ⁄ Theatre
Quarteto Contratempus  - © Luísa Freixo

© Luísa Freixo

Reporter Geneviève arrives at Vila Velha do Pinheiro in the middle of a mournful speech in honour of a local celebrity given by the chairman of the parish council, Amadeu Sobral. 
The reporter questions him on the parish’s revolutionary method, Simplex. He explains the virtual measures he implemented—including going to the cemetery by internet appointment, online flower shop and electric candles powered by solar panels—derive from the fact that the gravedigger (Arnold B. Jobs) is also the IT specialist at the parish: he’s a dissident from Silicon Valley who surrendered to the mountain’s charms and acts as the chairman’s adviser on all kinds of rural start-ups and the likes. At the end of the funeral ceremony, the chairman invites the journalist to attend an executive meeting. Geneviève slowly gives in to the charms of Vila Velha do Pinheiro’s technological advancement. The chairman then invites her to have dinner at gluten-free Santelmo’s, whose lamps have been designed by the adviser, and are powered by a new energy source originating in the will-o'-the-wisps, which is captured in a grid located under the graves, that also feeds the restaurant stoves and the cattle pens that go with it. Over dinner, the chairman proposes to the journalist. She refuses, rejects him and accuses him of sexual harassment, threatening to inform the press. He apologises, because it would ruin his political future, given that he intends to take part in a party congress as delegate. The following day, at the opening ceremony of the self-sustainable hose, which is indexed to groundwater levels, Geneviève arrives in the middle of the speech. The chairman baptises the hose with her name. Love promises ensue... A happy ending. 

Quarteto Contratempus is a contemporary chamber music ensemble. The collective has been focusing on producing of chamber operas in Portuguese since 2014, of which we highlight “A Querela dos Grilos” (2015), “Os Dilemas Dietéticos de uma Matrioska do Meio” (2016) and “As Sete Mulheres de Jeremias Epicentro” (2017), co-produced by Teatro Municipal do Porto. In 2018, the quartet received the 3rd Super Bock/ Serralves National Creative Industries Award and the BfK Award (promoted by the Portuguese National Innovation Agency). The quartet’s latest creations had the support of the Directorate-General for the Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and GDA Foundation, and are the result of a partnership with Teatro Municipal do Porto.
Libretto Carlos Tê and José Topa
Composer Telmo Marques
Director António Durães
Performers Teresa Nunes (soprano), Miguel Leitão (tenor), Crispim Luz (clarinet), Sérgio de A. (piano), Susana Lima (cello) 
Technical direction and lighting Mariana Figueroa
Sound design and operation André Leite
Digital set design concept Sara Feio
Animation and set design mapping Hugo Mesquita
Costumes Rita Sá
Seamstress Cristina Miranda
Scenic structures constrution and installation Américo Castanheira I TUDO FAÇO I, Hélder Mota
Production Carlos Pinto
Communication Joana de Belém
Teasers and graphic design Hugo Mesquita
Graphic design support Cátia Lima