French Premiere
June 3,
8:30 p.m.
Philharmonie de Paris
Grande salle Pierre Boulez

Full : 25 €
Discount Price : 21.25 €
ManiFeste & Young Cards : 10 €


How does one give a body and heart to the clamor of the present? How can one incarnate a crowd in distress, in anger? For his new magnum opus that closes the Trilogie Köln, premiered by the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under the baton of François-Xavier Roth in 2016, Philippe Manoury has returned to work with Nicolas Stemann, the producer of his opera Kein Licht. Manoury was inspired by the tragedy of migrants fleeing wars and destruction. The concert hall is transformed into a ship’s hold: the embarkation, journey, and mooring of a ship lost in the Mediterranean. The oratorio summons the orchestra and electronics, a professional and an amateur chorus reunited in each of the cities involved, two singers and two narrators appropriate texts by Ingeborg Bachmann and Elfriede Jelinek, but also tales of travelling and of wars. Theater of the world and a spatialized concert, it is through the tight weave of spoken voice with lyrical figures that Lab.Oratorium constructs its dramatic trajectory.

A journey in which the wandering and helplessness of Europe in ruins is exposed.

Rinnat Moriah soprano
Tora Augestad mezzo-soprano
Patrycia Ziolkowska, Sebastian Rudolph narrators
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
SWR Vokalensemble
Choeur Stella Maris
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Thomas Goepfer IRCAM computer music design
Nicolas Stemann stage production



Before the concert, 7pm | Salle de conférence, Philharmonie

Encounter with Philippe Manoury
Free entry, limited seats available.

An Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Philharmonie de Paris coproduction. With the support of the Ernst Von Siemens Musikstiftung and Impuls Neue Musik, Franco-German fund for contemporary music.
  • Philippe Manoury  © Tomodo Hidaki
    Philippe Manoury © Tomodo Hidaki
  • Nicolas Stemann  © Sima Dehgani
    Nicolas Stemann © Sima Dehgani
  • Le Gürzenich-Orchester Köln  © Holger Talinski
    Le Gürzenich-Orchester Köln © Holger Talinski
  • François-Xavier Roth  © Holger Talinski
    François-Xavier Roth © Holger Talinski
  • Le SWR Vokalensemble  © DR
    Le SWR Vokalensemble © DR
  • Le chœur Stella Maris  None
    Le chœur Stella Maris

Philippe Manoury & François-Xavier Roth: Lab.Oratorium