Creation
Opera

Kein Licht

Premiere 2017
November 7 through November 9,
8 p.m.
Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

Kein Licht is inspired by the catastrophe in Fukushima. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and the resulting tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan. Two reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant experienced a meltdown and threatened the environment. Reacting to this worldwide trauma, Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature wrote a long monologue on horror, pain, loss, and anger.

Beginning with this material, the young German director Nicolas Stemann, familiar with Jelinek and the composer Philippe Manoury, brought together by the Opéra Comique, have imagined an opera on the interactions between actors and musicians, between acoustic and computing, between spoken and sung. What life faced with technology, what collective faced with the opera? A dramatic perspective in which an institution on advanced technology, IRCAM, takes part.

Commissioned by the Opéra Comique
Opera in German subtitled in French

Philippe Manoury music
Elfriede Jelinek text
Julien Leroy conductor
Nicolas Stemann director
Katrin Nottrodt stage design
Claudia Lehmann video
Marysol del Castillo costumes
Rainer Casper lighting
Thomas Goepfer IRCAM Computer-Music Design

Christophe Manien choir master
Christèle Ortu assistant director
Émilie Cognard assistant stage design
Clémentine Tonnelier assistant costumes
Ruth Orthmann translator

Sarah Maria Sun soprano
Olivia Vermeulen mezzo-soprano
Christina Daletska contralto
Lionel Peintre baritone

Caroline Peters, Niels Bormann actors

National Theater in Zagreb Choir vocal quartet
United instruments of Lucilin

An Opéra Comique production. Coproduced by Ruhrtriennale, Festival Musica de Strasbourg, Opéra National du Rhin, Théâtre National Croate de Zagreb, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, IRCAM–Centre Pompidou, United instruments of Lucilin, Münchner Kammerspiele, and 105 individual donors. With the support of the Fonds de création lyrique, d’Impuls neue Musik, Fonds franco-allemand pour la musique contemporain, and Fedora.
  • Kein Licht  © Caroline Seidel
    Kein Licht © Caroline Seidel
  • Kein Licht  © Caroline Seidel
    Kein Licht © Caroline Seidel
  • Kein Licht  © Caroline Seidel
    Kein Licht © Caroline Seidel
  • Kein Licht  © Caroline Seidel
    Kein Licht © Caroline Seidel
  • Kein Licht, répétitions, Nicolas Stemann et Philippe Manoury © Fabrice Labit
    Kein Licht, répétitions, Nicolas Stemann et Philippe Manoury © Fabrice Labit
  • Kein Licht, répétitions  © Fabrice Labit
    Kein Licht, répétitions © Fabrice Labit
  • En studio à l'Ircam, Philippe Manoury et Nicolas Stemann  © Jérémie Szpirglas
    En studio à l'Ircam, Philippe Manoury et Nicolas Stemann © Jérémie Szpirglas
  • Caroline Peters, actrice  © Jérémie Szpirglas
    Caroline Peters, actrice © Jérémie Szpirglas
  • Philippe Manoury et Thomas Goepfer en studio à l'Ircam  © Jérémie Szpirglas
    Philippe Manoury et Thomas Goepfer en studio à l'Ircam © Jérémie Szpirglas