Infinite Now

French Premiere - Semi-staged version of the opera by Chaya Czernowin
Wed 14 June 2017,
8:30 p.m.

Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin is the fruit of a montage of a short story by the Chinese author Can Xue and a selection of texts written on the front during the First World War: a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, À l’Ouest, rien de nouveau. In the two situations, a deadlocked situation for which nobody knows the solution, a world war or intimate destitution.
Awake our senses to the most minute and tangible changes; this is Czernowin’s compositional hallmark, her attention to the physical and spatial parameters of music, the weight, the textures, the effects of distance, of strangeness, of tearing apart. An opera or an electronic landscape? This ambiguity and changes in scale are the cornerstones of Infinite Now.

commissioned by the Opera Vlaanderen, the Théâtre national de Mannheim, the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Libretto by Chaya Czernowin and Luk Perceval
based on the texts by Erich Maria Remarque and Can Xue
Opera Vlaanderen
orchestra and chorus
Titus Engel Conductor
Karen Vourc’h Soprano
Kai Rüütel Mezzo-Soprano
Noa Frenkel Alto
Terry Wey Countertenor
Vincenzo Neri Baritone
David Salsberry Fry Bass
Nico Couk Guitar
Yaron Deutsch Electric Guitar
Séverine Ballon, Christina Meissner Cellos
Didier de Neck, Roy Aernouts, Gilles Wellinski, Oana Solomon, Benjamin-Lew Klon, Rainer Süβmilch Actors
Carlo LaurenziIRCAM Computer Music Design


« Images of Work #22 : Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin »

The screening will by followed by a encounter with Chaya Czernowin and Marie Losier, director. 
Before the concert, 7pm - Cité de la musique, amphithéâtre.

Free entry, limited seats available.

An Opera Vlaanderen, National Theater Mannheim, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Philharmonie de Paris coproduction. This project has received the “Centenary” certification from the World War 1 Centenary Partnership Program. The SACD supports the ManiFeste festival as a part of its musical cultural outreach programs.
  • Sunset, 2015  © Koen van den Broek
    Sunset, 2015 © Koen van den Broek
  • Chaya Czernowin  © Astrid Ackermann
    Chaya Czernowin © Astrid Ackermann