A unique, immersive opera-video performance installation
exploring powerful stories of voice loss and identity
"The Sound Voice Project is a pathfinder project which pioneers new means of artistic expression and is a compelling example of digital innovative and collaboration.”
FEDORA Digital Prize, 2023
The Sound Voice Project invites you to explore the intrinsic value of the human voice,
merging synthetic voices with live opera, performers who have no voice box and digital voices, all sharing real-life stories about the symbiotic relationship between identity and the way we sound,
experienced powerfully through a blend of personal documentary, graphics and digital operatic performance.
Enter the worlds of those who have lost their first-known voices and now work to build new vocal identities as they recover from the loss of their larynxes. Meet Tania Bage who shares her courageous story of what it is to be a mother with no voice box. Understand what it means for Paul Jameson, his voice destroyed by motor neurone disease, to sing a love song for his wife, duetting with his imagined voice.
All these performers share their journey to discover what it truly means to have a voice, how they transform their lives and survive.
The Sound Voice Project is an aural feast for the ears!
This multi-vocal experience raises even bigger questions about how we make ourselves heard, how we listen and which voices are invited to the stage?
“Heart-wrenching, deeply personal and uplifting”, The Sound Voice Project is internationally recognised, awarded the prestigious European FEDORA Digital Prize, Alternate Realities Award for best non-fiction work at international film festival Sheffield Doc-Fest and a British Ivor Novello Academy Award.
Described by the Ivor Novello Jury as
“a striking work of exceptional emotional power” that “embraces human fragility in a moving and deeply personal way.”
The Sound Voice Project is a unique collaboration between people with lived experience of voice loss, composer Hannah Conway, librettist Hazel Gould and professionals cross sector from biomedical research, technology and healthcare with breath taking video from Luke Halls and intimate sound design by David Sheppard.
Performed by people whose voices are rarely heard.
Their stories have a universal meaning for us all.
Written after many hours of interviews and collaborative conversations with Paul Jameson, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2017.
Written in collaboration with people who have survived throat cancer, having had life-saving laryngectomy treatment to remove their voice box.
In 2020, Tanja Bage was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer growing behind her vocal cords. One week after diagnosis, her voice box was removed.