from Mauricio Kagel

supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

Pierre Boulez memorably declared in 1971 that the future of opera lay in the destruction of all opera houses, but in the very same year, Mauricio Kagel presented a revolutionary vision of the clean-up operation that could follow. The première of Staatstheater at the Hamburg State Opera disassembled the traditional operatic institution and indeed the whole genre into its constituent parts, creating a much sought-after path for new music theatre which is as relevant today as it was almost half a century ago. In creating the score, Kagel gathered hundreds of theatrical, instrumental, vocal and physical miniatures; certain rules govern their usage, but they are fundamentally intended to be combined freely into a unique production. A new interpretation of the work therefore presents a compositional jigsaw whose pieces have neither clear edges nor, when combined, can present an overall picture. Kagel's music theatre however operates beyond simple representation; one finds no acts and figures or beautiful songs about emotions or feelings. It rather creates a kaleidoscope of distorted quotations rotating lewdly around themselves, presenting a grotesque representation of a damaged world. If Opera Lab Berlin is to devote itself to recreating Kagel’s classic yet rarely performed magnum opus, then it must also design a kaleidoscope-like musical theater world which interested in more than itself. In Opera Lab's version, the elderly Staatstheater will become a Theatre of the Elderly State...

Composer: Mauricio Kagel

Director: Michael Höppner

Musical Director: Antoine Daurat

Stage Design: Martin Miotk und Cristina Lelli

Costume: Günter Hans Wolf Lemke

Choreography: Margaux Marielle-Trehoüart

Light Design/Technical Director: Fabian Eichner

Make-up: Martin Rink

Assistant Director: Anna Weber

Production Director: Anna Crespo

Intern to the Director: Nadja Sühnel

Costume Assistant: Pujan Shaheb

Dresser: Irene Anglada Espadaler

Sound Installation: Björn Erbach

Instrument Building: Marjam Schaal

Technical Assistance: Gustav Kleinschmidt

Photography: Vincent Stefan

Graphics: Sophie Natta

Compositional Editor and Artistic Director: Evan Gardner

Catherine Gayer: Soprano

Klaus Lang: Bass

Gina May Walter: Soprano

Enrico Wenzel: Bass

Angela Braun: Soprano

Magnus H. Jonsson: Tenor

Antonie Daurat: Musical Director

Mia Bodet: Violin

David Eggert: 'Cello

Shin Joo Morgantini: Flute

Jone Bolibar Núñez: Clarinet

Evdoxia Filippou: Percussion

Alexandros Giovanos: Percussion 

Alba Gentili-Tedeschi: Piano