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On 5 November 2022, the first meta-opera byKlangforum Wien will be premiered together with the Belgian Needcompany. A piece of opera history of the last 110 years awaits you in the Festspielhaus Erl in Tyrol – drawn from the fund of over 90 operas. With AMOPERA, unique narratives are assembled, the abysses of LOVE and its ecstasies told in the mirror of a history of the new in music. Be curious!
Inspired by Peter von Matt’s book “Betrayed Love” (Liebesverrat), which maps out a literary history from the perspective of infidelity, deception and disappointment, Klangforum Wien has developed a meta-opera, which takes the form of ajourney through time, through all that’s new in music and opera, from a novel thematic perspective. By means of montage, adaptation and concentration, excerpts from various operas from different decades are assembled in order to re-activate their potential in the form of a meta-opera of between 80 and 90 minutes’ duration. This format is primarily energized by the music, an economical light design, and a compelling narrative.
“AMOPERA” stands for relationships, contrasts, hopelessness, and ecstasies, which make up the glowing and at the same time forbidding realm of love. Against this backdrop, Klangforum Wien presents a wide range of excerpts from contemporary works. The final compilation was devised in cooperation with director Jan Lauwers from the Needcompany. Jan Lauwers will deploy the musicians of Klangforum Wien in a dramatic and performative capacity which will take them way beyond their usual interpretative role.
Employing a variety of different approaches, musical styles and literary methods, this META- OPERA also offers a narrative about what is new in music – entertaining, gripping and incredibly rich in variety.
ABOUT THE NEEDCOMPANY
Founded in Brussels in 1986 by Jan Lauwers and Ellen Barkey as an international collective, the Needcompany, with its landmark productions, has caused a stir worldwide ever since. In 2001, Maarten Seghers joined the group which works with a multidisciplinary approach in the fields of theatre, dance, performance, art, film and literature. In 2018, the Salzburg Festival presentedL’Incoronazione di Poppea, Jan Lauwer’s first opera production (which was revived at the Vienna State Opera in 2021), followed by the superb production of Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 at the Felsenreitschule in 2021.
Luciano Berio | Sir Harrison Birtwistle | Alexander Zemlinsky | Alban Berg / E. Kloke | Benjamin Britten | Peter Maxwell Davies | Iannis Xenakis | Salvatore Sciarrino | Bernhard Lang | Beat Furrer | Rebecca Saunders | Michael Wertmüller | Sara Glojnarić