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la Biennale di Venezia
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Geblendet (Blinded)

Friday 30 September at 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
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
Quatuor Diotima
violins Vanessa Szigeti andYunPeng 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. 9 for string quartet (1913, 4’)
Manuel Hidalgo Geblendet for counter-tenor, actor and string quartet (2010)
Filippo Perocco Occhi, nur noch for 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
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.
Michael Beil (Stuttgart – Germany, 1963) studied piano and musical theory at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and composition with Manuel Hidalgo. Since 1996 he has taught composition and musical theory at the Conservatory in Kreuzberg and Neukölln in Berlin. He was the director of the Klangwerkstatt, a contemporary music festival in Berlin and in 2000, with Stephan Winkler, he founded the Skart group, which approaches music on the basis of interdisciplinary ideas. In 2007 he became professor of electronic music at the Hochschule für Musk und Tanz in Cologne and director of the electronic music studio. As a composer, he has received commissions from numerous festivals - Ultraschall (Berlin), Eclat (Stuttgart), Wien Modern – and his works have been broadcast by Deutschlandradio, RBB, SD, among others. He has won scholarships from the Künstlerhaus Wiepersdorf, Cité des arts in Paris and the Heinrich-Gartentor-Scholarship for video-art in Thun, Switzerland. He has also participated in the Nachwuchsforum für junge komponisten at the Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (GNM) in collaboration with the Ensemble Modern.
Mischa Käser (Zurich – Switzerland, 1959). Between 1978 and 1982 he studied guitar at the Musikhochschule Zurich/Winterthur, where he earned his diploma. From 1983 to 1985 he studied composition with Hans-Ulrich Lehmann in Zurich and from 1985 to 1989 with Roland Moser at the Musikhochschule in Basle.
He began to write music theatre works in 1990, and soon became the director of his own projects between theatre and music. He also founded several different ensembles, such as the improvisation trios III, VII, XII, with whom he worked as a vocalist. As a composer, his strong points are vocal and chamber music, and music theatre. He has received many awards, including: Zurich Sabbatical Year (1992), Cinrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize (1996), first prize at the Prix International de Composition Musicale Reine Marie José for the orchestral work Ordouble (1998).
He lives in Zurich, where he teaches guitar and works as a composer and conductor.
Manuel Hidalgo (Antequera – Spain, 1956) studied theory and composition with Juan-Alfonso Garcia, the organist of the cathedral in Granada; from 1976 to 1979 he studied composition with Hans Ulrich Lehmann at the Conservatory in Zurich and from 1979 to 1984 with Helmut Lachenmann first in Hanover and then in Stuttgart. Since 1981 he has lived in Stuttgart working as a composer. His method of composition is based on Webern’s pointillism. His works such as Nuut (1992) or Gran Nada (1996) are an example.
Filippo Perocco (Treviso – Italy, 1972). Having earned his diploma in organ playing at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, where he earned his diploma in composition under the guidance of Riccardo Vaglini, he also studied conducting with Emilio Pomarico in Milan and with Sylvain Cambreling in Mainz. The winner of an award at the AGIMUS composition competition (1998), he participated in the 40th and 41st Ferienkurse für neue Musik Darmstadt (2002) and in Compositori a Confronto 2002 and 2003 (Reggio Emilia), attending several workshops in composition ((Salvatore Sciarrino, Toshio Hosokawa, Olga Neuwirth, Michaël Lévinas, Tristan Murail, Wolfgang Rihm, Sylvano Bussotti, Giacomo Manzoni, Alessandro Solbiati etc.). Selected for Gaudeamus Music Weeks and the Festival Manca, his works have been commissioned and performed by Holland Symphonia, Dresdner Sinfonikern, Young Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Montepulciano), the Warsaw Symphony (Warsaw Autumn 2006), Orchestre National de Lorraine, Filarmonica Veneta, IXION Ensemble (London), Ensemble Aleph (Paris), Vokalensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Trio KAIDA (Amsterdam), ASTRA Chamber Choir (Melbourne). Composer-in-residence at the KunstForum Hellerau in Dresden (July 2006), co-author of the music for the monologue by Dino Villatico Voi che ascoltate (Venice, Ateneo Veneto and Teatro La Fenice, February 2005), he is the founder and director of L’Arsenale and of Teclas, a group/workshop whose aim is the composition, elaboration and performance of new music.