Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom was recently the home to a new kind of dance music event. Cosmic Opera aimed to combine Classical symphonies and arias with modern-day house music. Complete with acrobats, dancers weaving through the crowd, and original operatic works, this spectacle clearly delivered to its sold out crowd.
Cosmic Opera, like many other novel undertakings, took months of careful planning beginning back in October 2011. To perhaps widen the appeal of the event, a few big names were also added to the roster, including headliner Axwell, one-third of worldwide phenomenon Swedish House Mafia. Cohen mentioned “I want both industry people and artsy people to enjoy these shows,” further purveying the notion of uniting various audiences and the melting pot of concepts brought together in this project.
German DJ/producer Thomas Gold performed Friday night, and had this to say about his experience: “This has been a very special performance for me to do. Between the DJs there are more Classical-influenced interludes. I was asked to make an opening track that leads from what they are doing to what I’m doing, so I played a special orchestral intro that I wrote just for this.” It was clear that from the fans to the artists to Cosmic Opera itself, all parties involved in the event were excited by the interesting new approach and the opportunities it presents for future events.
It was Axwell’s turn after Gold, as the stage opened up to reveal a DJ booth modeled after a pipe organ. The big-room master took no prisoners as epic tracks such as upcoming SHM release Greyhound and his new remix of In My Mind, demolished the crowd. Axwell was carefully picked to be the headliner for this event based on his mutual interest in the project. “I knew Axwell because he played at my Summit at Sea party last summer. When I approached him about this idea, he was a big fan, and the timing worked, so he was down to do it,” Cohen stated.
While the franchise will likely continue, when and where remains shrouded in mystery. Check back here at LessThan3 for more details as they come out!