The composer Beat Furrer has created a gigantic instrument which harnesses and transforms the soul of Schnitzler's character in addition to the sounds of the orchestra and chorus situated on the outside. A space within a space, an immense box with moving sides in which the listener is situated, a space crossed by far-away sounds, an architecture designed by the composer in association with the playwright Christoph Marthaler.
Opera for a sound-building, large ensemble, eight voices and an actress, 2005 (70'). French Premiere. Commissioned by the SWR and the Klangforum Wien.
Music direction and conception: Beat Furrer | Libretto from Ovide's Metamorphosis and Mademoiselle Else by Arthur Schnitzler | Stage direction: Christoph Marthaler | Stage direction assistant: Isabel Ostermann | Klangforum Wien | Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart | Eva Furrer, flute double bass | Bernhard Zachhuber, bass clarinet | Manfred Spitaler, bass clarinet | Isabelle Menke, actress | Architecture: LIMIT Architects | Acoustics: Winfried Ritsch | Technical direction and lighting design: Harald Godula | Costumes: Sarah Schittek
A Klangforum Wien production in collaboration with the Donaueschingen Festival, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Opéra national de Paris and Wien Modern.
With the support of Thomastik-Infeld, the Vontobel Foundation, the Ernst von Siemens musical Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Foundation for Swiss Culture and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the support of the SACD as part of their music cultural action and the Nestlé Foundation for Art. With the support of the Ville de Paris.
Photo: © LIMIT Architects
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