Erwartung und Traumverlust (2009-2011)

for female voice, countertenor, ensemble (fl, cl, tp, 3 perc, vl, vla, cb), and electronics (35 min)
Score (pdf | 14.4 mb)

Pictures of the performance.

Frankfurt/Main, Germany
October 22nd, 2010

Johanna Greulich (female voice)
Niklas Romer (counter tenor)

Members of the International Ensemble Modern Academy and the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt
Beat Furrer (conductor)

This short-opera is based upon the short story »Kesa and Morito« by Rynosuke Akutagawa written in 1918. The novel is a ruthless psychological story about the fatalistic relationship between Kesa and Morito, which cannot live out their love, leading them to perversity and extreme violation and humiliation. The story can be found here on page 25: Kesa and Morito

The opera was written as part of a project with the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. It was premiered on October 22nd in the Bockenheimer Depot Frankfurt/Main with an ensemble consisting of the International Ensemble Modern Academy and students of the University in Frankfurt. Claudia Doderer designed the stage, Dirk Schulz did the video, Laura Linnenbaum directed and Beat Furrer conducted the ensemble. Johanna Greulich was singing the female part, Niklas Romer was the countertenor.


The German program notes:

Erzählt wird die Geschichte eines Verlustes.

Die Hoffnung auf ein anderes Leben.
Das Versprechen einer anderen Welt.
Der Glaube an den anderen -
Sich selbst - Verlieren
Im Augen-Blick.

1 Echohof (1)
Vibraphon, Elektronik

2 "all meine Träume!"
Sängerin, Sänger, Trompete, Ensemble

3 "in dem ich mein Gesicht an seine Brust schmiegte" - "Richtiger gesagt, ihr Gewalt anzutun."
Sängerin

4 "wie an einem regnerischen Morgen"
Elektronik

5 Echohof (2)
Ensemble, Elektronik