Finnish National Opera
On False Perspective draws inspiration from William Hogarth's engraving 'Satire on False Perspective' (1754),
a confused but fascinating world of absurdities in which light, distnce and movement operate with their own logic. It was produced as a frontispiece to John Joshua Kirby's pamphlet on linear perspective in order to show the errors an artist can make if they lack a correct understanding of the rules. But although the image's first and foremost purpose is instructive, Hogarth took it a step further by giving it a narrative and character of its own. Our opera explores the implications of that image: a world in which reality is defined by how it is seen.