Gunfighter Nation

A Western Opera

supported by the Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs, and the District of Pankow

GUNFIGHTER NATION (première 10th November 2016) deals with the American myth of the Frontier. This spectacular Western-Opera digs under the surface of familiar Wild West clichés on a search for meanings, blessings and curses that have been accumulated by the true and fictitious stories surrounding the European settlement of the North American continent from the 19th century to the present day. Legends of the "civilization of a wilderness" are re-told through music theatre by an ensemble committed to the pioneering spirit of the first settlers, conquering all unknown territories before them. This installation performance creates an opera in the form of a "Living-Museum", an experience that brings alive the connection between history and the present. First performed just in time to welcome of the new US President and for the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, GUNFIGHTER NATION forms a chilling reminder that the Iron Curtain was far from being the Final Frontier.

Composer: Evan Gardner                             

Director: Michael Höppner             

Musical Director: Antoine Daurat

Chief conductor: Manuel Nawri

Stage design: Martin Miotk

Costume design: Andy Besuch

Light: Fabian Eichner

Make-up: Martin Rink

Language/Duration: in English / c. 90 minutes

Performances to date: 10th,11th, 12th, 14th and 15th November 2016 at the Ballhaus Ost (as part of Festival Klangwerkstatt Berlin)

Yuka Yanagihara: Soprano

Martin Gerke: Baritone

Lena Haselmann: Mezzo soprano

Antoine Daurat: Musical director

Gina May Walter: Soprano

Georg Bochow: Counter tenor

Enrico Wenzel: Bass

Jone Bolibar Nunez: Clarinet

Shin Joo Morgantini: Flute

Mia Bodet: Violin

Evdoxia Filippou: Percussion

Alexandros Giovanos: Percussion

David Eggert: ‘Cello

Jack Adler-McKean: Tuba

Matthew Conley: Trumpet

Matthias Koole: Guitar

Musashi Baba: Conductor