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German premiere for composer Knut Vaage

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 16. Oct, 2014

The celebrated Knut Vaage-penned opera ‘Someone is going to come’, based on the Jon Fosse play, sees its premiere in German form this weekend under the title ‘Da kommt noch wer.’

October 19th marks the premiere of composer Knut Vaage’s celebrated opera ‘Someone is going to come’, a chamber opera composed by Knut Vaage based on dramatist Jon Fosse’s play, in its new German form under the new title ‘Da kommt noch wer.’ To ensure a qualitative transposition, the libretto was translated by Jon Fosse-translator Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel into German.

Da kommt noch wer– a chamber opera
When: October 19th (Premiere) 20:00hrs + 31/10, 13/11 and 06/12
Where: Stadttheater – Studiobühne Giessen (DE)

The three leading roles are played by Tomi Wendt (Him), Naroa Intxausti (Her) and Thomas Stückemann (The Man). Musical director is Martin Spahr the opera is directed by Stephanie Kuhlmann. Set design and costume by Bernhard Niechotz.

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 favourable 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.
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.

More on the German premiere of ‘Da kommt noch wer’ on publishers Felix Bloch Erben’s site.

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