Someone is going to come – chamber opera, German premiere
When: 2nd of November (Germany premiere) to 24th of January 2014
Where: Kaiserslautern, Werkstattbühne
With: Pfalzteater Orchestra Conductor: Markus Bieringer
A double-bill featuring two modern chamber operas is set to unfold at Kaiserslautern’s Werkstattbühne in early November. Knut Vaage’s music for the opera version of Jon Fosse’s iconic play ‘Someone is going to come’ is complemented by Camille Kerger’s ‘Ein Mond aus kochender Milch’.
Two psychologically highly invigorating chamber operas revolving around themes of shadows from the past. Both works are premiered on the German scene in early Noveber and offer diverse takes on their stories told as well their compositional approaches. Still, Vaage and Kerger’s works also share many traits; the works are both penned for soprano tenor and baritone, both stores evolve from a mystical place from which no one can escape and both operas tell the story of a man and a woman haunted by secrets and ghosts from the past.
The three leading roles are played by Richard Morrison (Him), Monika Teepe (Her) and Daniel Kim (The Man). Musical director is Markus Bieringer and the opera is directed by Bruno Berger-Gorski. Set design and costume by Thomas Dörfler
Da kommt noch wer
The opera ‘Someone is going to come (Da kommt noch wer)’ is based on the Jon Fosse play of the same name. The work was premiered at the Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in the autumn of 2000 and received rave reviews internationally. The opera has subsequently been recorded with the BIT 20 ensemble and released on CD. The text has a distinctive poetry, creating through its highly patterned language a powerful exploration of the tensions inherent in human relationships; it occupies a theatrical idiom which, paradoxically, straddles the boundaries between realism and absurdism. It presents an elemental theatrical situation in simple language.
Knut Vaage, born 1961, is based in Bergen. He graduated as pianist and composer from the Grieg Academy in Bergen and has worked in various styles of music, though concentrating on improvised and contemporary music, often investigating the boundaries between improvisation and composed music. His work list spans from chamber music to orchestra and opera. His music has been regularly performed on concerts and at festivals in Norway and abroad and he also been bestowed with Norwegian and international prizes.
Other works by the prolific composer that warrant mentioning includes Vaage’s full scale opera, “Khairos”, which has been developed with librettist Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen and commissioned by Den Norske Opera & Ballet. The opera was premiered in Oslo in spring 2013 to rave reviews at home and abroad.
Rebolledo Pedersen also wrote the libretto for “Veslefrikk”, an opera in one act aimed for the whole family was premiered September 2010, produced by Den Nye Opera. “Veslefrikk” won the ARTE audience awards for the best production at Armel Opera Competition and Festival 2010. “Veslefrikk” was distributed on television to many countries as well as on Arte webTV.
In 2010 Collegium Musicum premiered his “Song of Solomon” for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra. Vaage’s list of works contents also instrumental music. The CD “Gardens of Hokkaido” presents a selection of his orchestral music. For more information, visit www.knutvaage.com.
Jon Fosse is a major figure in the modern literature of Norway. Initially establishing his reputation as a novelist, he has largely worked as a dramatist since the mid-1990s and his work has been extensively performed across Europe and in the U.S.A. He has been widely described as the most important Norwegian dramatist since Ibsen. He writes in a very austere fashion, brief speeches often repetitively patterned.
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