23. - 27. 6. 2019 at the New StagePROGRAMME
A composer Ivan Acher thought about setting Klíma’s work The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch to music back in 1993. The expressionistic nature of Ladislav Klíma’s work and the subject of a fictitious story full of murders, dreams about murders, tattle and high philosophising of the five main characters directly urges the application of trained voices within the new context of the sonic potential of electronic composition. The typical Klímaesque metaphysical penetration of reality into dream and dream into reality has motivated Acher to set the story beyond time sequence, thus giving rise to a space of infinite possibilities, whereby “Beauty is a kiss between love and monstrosity”
The opera Don Hrabal depicts the final years in the life of the celebrated Czechoslovak author. By no means, however, is it merely a “portrait of the artist as an old man”. Instead, it presents Hrabal as a lonely Mohican, a dreamer seeking beauty in the everyday and the ordinary, a brilliant storyteller and witty commentator. By the medium of the three essential women in his life, Hrabal concurrently reveals his innermost feelings, freely guiding us through them against the backdrop of the history of the second half of the 20th century. Following A Human Tragicomedy, an opera inspired by the writer/philosopher Ladislav Klíma, Don Hrabal is Orson’s second opera.
Dates: 21. 11. 2019
The opera Tramvestie is a setting of Pavel Novotný’s collection of poems of the same name, which resulted from transcriptions of the author’s conversations with his friends on tram No. 11 on the route between the towns of Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou. The conversations relate to the tramline’s vicinity, the personal histories of their participants, as well as the region’s turbulent past. In addition to the texts from the book Tramvestie, the remarkable musical work was also inspired by the recordings of the interviewers’ voices, as well as the sound of the moving tram.
Dates: 23. 6. 2019