Creation
Opera

Kein Licht

Premiere 2017
October 18,
8 p.m., October 19,
8 p.m., October 21,
8 p.m., October 22,
3 p.m.
Opéra Comique
Prices

Full : 65 €
Discount Price and IRCAM Card (serie C) : 52 €

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 assistante stage design
Clémentine Tonnelier assistante costumes
Ruth Orthmann translator

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

Caroline Peters, Niels Bormann actors

Choeur du National Theater in Zagreb vocal quartet
United instruments of Lucilin

This spectacle is presented as a part of the 40th anniversary of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou.

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  © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
    Kein Licht © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
  • Kein Licht  © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
    Kein Licht © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
  • Kein Licht  © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
    Kein Licht © Klara Beck - ONR 2017
  • Kein Licht avec Caroline Peters et Niels Bormann  © Caroline Seidel
    Kein Licht avec Caroline Peters et Niels Bormann © Caroline Seidel
  • 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

Before the Show

Introduction to the opera

Presentation of the production at 7.30pm with historical and musical descriptions (in french) with Agnès Terrier.
Free entry upon presentation of your ticket.

Sing Kein Licht

Sing the opéra at 7.15 pm with Christophe Grapperon on October 19 & 21 and Jeanne Dambreville on October 18 & 22.
Free entry upon presentation of your ticket.

Meet the artists

Meet the artists of the production on Saturday 21 October at 4 pm.
Free. Reservations required.