Prize for Opera
Reise der Hoffnung - Journey of Hope © Jimmy Larkin, free i
„Journey of Hope“ is inspired by the eponymous Swiss film by Xavier Koller which won the Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign film in 1991. The film is based on a tragic accident which happened on the Swiss-Italian border in 1988.
An Alevite family in Turkey was setting out for a better life in Switzerland, but lost their 7 year old son in a storm while trying to cross the alpine border illegally.
German composer Christian Jost and Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó will turn the story of the film into a parable, by means of taking it away from realism, and focusing instead on hope, inner conflicts and emotions.
They have invented a strict musical triptych structure.
Act 1 will focus on the hopes of the migrating family. Musically the hopes will be structured by the bright colors of a Violin concerto in the orchestral part.
Act 2 will depict the journey from Turkey to Naples and the Italian-Swiss border. The underlying musical structure will be that of a percussion concerto. Percussive beats evoke the excitement, monotony and constant movement of a journey to a bright new life.
Act 3 will focus on the alpine tragedy in the mood of a Requiem by means of a trumpet concerto conveying the violence of the snow storm as well as the mourning of lament.
Set & Costume Designer
Grand Théâtre de Genève