Serbian artist Marina Abramović has announced that she is turning her Seven Deaths project into an opera, 30 years after she first had the idea. Abramović will direct the production, which will open at the Munich Opera House in 2020 and then travel to London’s Covent Garden.
In the production, which was originally planned to be a film, Abramović will play Greek opera singer Maria Callas, her lifelong hero, dying in seven different operas. Her performances will also be filmed and later screened as part of the project. Speaking to the Art Newspaper, Abramović said “I have been thinking about this romantic idea of dying for love for a long time,” noting that Callas herself “died of a broken heart”, as do many of the characters she will portray.