Nikolaus Brass: WP of Die Vorübergehenden
Nikolaus Brass’ new opera Die Vorübergehenden
was commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera and given its premiere at the Munich Opera Festival. The libretto, dealing with a protagonist plagued by self-doubt and alienation, was written by the composer incorporating texts by Tomas Tranströmer, Rose Ausländer and Mahmoud Darwish. The production, directed by Ludger Engels and conducted by Marie Jacquot, featured a top-flight ensemble of soloists headed by Sarah Maria Sun, Nikolay Borchev and Vasily Khoroshev.
»Scored for 18 players, the work is through-composed in precise detail except for one improvisatory passage in which the scenic structure also dissolves. Singing and instruments are woven into a highly expressive fabric which largely follows its own musical logic.«
»What transpires in this hour and a half is quite an experience, both musically and theatrically.«
»Rage, grief, exhaustion, devotion, love, despair – Brass casts every human emotion in sound.«
Die Vorübergehenden, Munich 2018
Die Vorübergehenden (2017)
Oper in 2 Teilen und einem Epilog von Nikolaus Brass. Libretto unter Verwendung von Gedichten von Tomas Tranströmer, Rose Ausländer und Mahmoud Darwish von Nikolaus Brass.
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Photos: Wilfried Hösl