Venice - Suttgart - Madrid, 30 September 2011 - 11 February 2011 - 10 June 2012
Friday 30 September at 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice
GEBLENDET (Blinded) Italian premiere
music theatre in five acts
music by Michael Beil, Mischa Käser, Anton Webern, Manuel Hidalgo, Filippo Perocco
concept and direction Thierry Bruehl
dramaturgy Hans-Peter Jahn
sets Christiane Dressler
costumes Claudia Jung
lighting Hubert Schwaiger
Daniel Gloger counter-tenor
Vincent Frisch treble voice
Christian Brückner actor
violins Vanessa Szigeti and YunPeng Zhao, viola Franck Chevalier, cello Pierre Morlet
Michael Beil Blinded for counter-tenor, treble voice, actor, string quartet, electronics (2011, 21’)
Mischa Käser Nachrichtenfor string quartet, counter-tenor, treble voice, actor (2009/’10)
Anton Webern Sechs Bagatellen op. 9for string quartet (1913, 4’)
Manuel Hidalgo Geblendetfor counter-tenor, actor and string quartet (2010)
Filippo Perocco Occhi, nur nochfor counter-tenor, treble voice, actor and amplified noises (2011)
Commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart and Musicadhoy Madrid as part of the project ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
11 February 2011
Festival Eclat, Stheaterhaus T1, Suttgart
10 June 2012
Musicadhoy Festival, Teatro De La Zarzuela, Madrid
Geblendet, a work for music theatre, was created within the framework of the European Network of Performing Arts – a network of international institutions and festivals working in the field of live performance and launched in 2008 by the Biennale di Venezia with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart and Musicadhoy of Madrid are the partners in this new experimental project that intersects music, literature, theatre.
Inspired by several stories that are lighting-short, written by the great Austrian playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard, the production presents a counter-tenor (Daniel Gloger, of the Neue Vocalsolisten), a treble voice (Vincent Frisch) and an old actor (Christian Bruckner, famous in Germany as the dubbing voice of De Niro and Marlon Brando) who represent the three ages of life. The play of perspectives that is generated by the intersection of these three voices is entrusted to the scores of Michael Beil (1963), Mischa Kaser (1959), Manuel Hidalgo (1956), Filippo Perocco (1972), who divide the opera into four distinct pictures, separated – in the form of “intervals” – by the Sechs Bagatellen by Anton Webern. The director is French-German Thierry Bruehl, who trained with the finest European directors – Ruth Berghaus, Ariane Mnouchkine, Hans Neuenfels – before becoming an established figure in the field of music theatre collaborating with many contemporary composers.
The music is performed by one of the most famous quartets in the world, Quatuor Diotima of Paris, founded by musicians from the Conservatories of Lyon and Paris, experts in the Classical-Romantic period and award-winning performers of so much contemporary music.