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What is to be done? - A cabinet of curiosities

“What is to be done? - A cabinet of curiosities” is a devised work by Opera Lab Berlin. A myriad of distinct theatrical compositions form a contemporary music theater mirroring the life in bourgeois Bohemia.

A commune of revolutionary sleepers and sleeping revolutionaries is put under the gun: the audience transforms into prospective buyers on a musical performative viewing tour and focuses on the art and every day life of the intermediate renters. Through the magic of music theater a battle of clashing life plans, living dreams and lived realities in our present emerges. The director Anna-Sophie Weber and Opera Lab Berlin are developing a devised work of music theater composed of theatrical compositions of contemporary music by various composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Ablinger, Jennifer Walshe, Brigitta Muntendorf, Dieter Schnebel, Georges Aperghis, Simon Steen-Andersen, Carola Bauckholt, Hugo Morales Murguia, Neo Hülcker, Matthias Kaul und Aaron Einbond). Inspired by Tschernyschewsky’s 1863 social-utopian novel “What is to be done?”, in which young members of a commune in Moscow seek a new life and experiment with changing the macrocosm of society within their microcosm, we pursue the question: What is it like today, the right life within the false?

Opening night: 10th April 2018, 8pm

Performances: 11th, 12th, 13th April, 8pm

14th April, 7pm

Ballhaus Ost (2nd floor)

Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

Tickets: 15€ / 10€

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Direction: Anna-Sophie Weber

Stage and Costume Design: Tatjana Reeh

Musical Direction: David Eggert

Light Design: Fabian Eichner

Make-Up: Martin Rink

Dramaturgy: Michael Höppner

Arrangement: Evan Gardner

Soprano: Gina May Walter 

Percussion: Evdoxia Filippou

Flute: Shin-Joo Morgantini

Violoncello: David Eggert

Countertenor: Georg Bochow

supported by by “initiative neue musik berlin e.V.”

Wir Aus Glas

The everyday life: countless small routines, which unpredictably unwind again and again. From the morning tooth brushing and toilet visit through to bed-time mode at night, we move inevitably through each and every day. But what becomes of our rituals if we put them under the lens? In WIR AUS GLAS, such routines are emphasised and distorted by the composer Yasutaki Inamori through instrumental soundscapes. The everyday lives of different people are subjected to microscopic examination: we follow six inhabitants of a city over a period of one week, considering their consistent daily activities, and enlarging through observation all their peculiarities; what changes, what stops, what gets out of step, and what indeed cannot get out of step. This results in a mosaic of diverse little excerpts of life; a reflection on relationship between the public and the private, and the difficulty of finding a balance between the two. Inamori was born in Tokyo in 1978, studied composition first at the Gakugei University in Tokyo, and then the Kölner Musikhochschule with Johannes Schöllhorn and Michael Beil. He currently lives in Detmold having finished his studies in Cologne in 2011, winning in the same year the prestigious Bernd Alois Zimmermann scholarship.

Premiere: 02.06.2018

Munich, Muffathalle

Further performances: 03., 04., 05.06.18

Premiere in the Tischlerei of Deutsche Oper Berlin:


Further performances: 19., 21., 22., 23., 24.06.2018


Composer: Yasutaki Inamori

Libretto: Gerhild Steinbuch

Director: David Hermann

Stage Design: Jo Schramm

Costume: You-Jin Seo

Dramaturgy: Dorothea Hartmann

Musical Director: Elda Laro


Sandra Hamaoui: Soprano

Alexandra Hutton: Soprano

Clemens Bieber: Tenor

John Carpenter: Baritone


Ulrike Ruf: 'Cello

Mia Bodet: Violin

Florian Bensch: Bassoon

Callum G'Froerer: Trumpet

Martin Danek: Oboe

Musashi Baba: Trombone