Prize for Opera 2016

Kein Licht

Théâtre National de l'Opéra Comique

Kein Licht - FEDORA 10 Years - Winner of the FEDORA - ROLF LIEBERMANN Prize for Opera 2016

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World Premiere:
Ruhrtriennale, Germany
August, 2017

Kein Licht is a commission by Opera Comique to Philippe Manoury to compose an opera based on the eponym text by Elfriede Jelinek written in 2011 after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Jelinek is Nicolas Stemann’s preferred author, and the emerging German director will adapt, both with Manoury, this text for opera staging.

The subject is beyond Fukushima: it is a global and metaphorical reflection on the individual and collective responsibility on ecological and political issues, and on the human relationship to technology - here through the example of the risks contained in nuclear energy. 
In partnership with IRCAM, Paris, Philippe Manoury created a musical work involving computer-music systems, adding words inputs. Due to the collaboration with Nicolas Stemann, the text and the music are closely linked and constructed together in order to create a contemporary Singspiel, German twin of opera-comique genre – an alternation of spoken and sung scenes.

Kein Licht is a creation with a strong European dimension, as it takes inspiration from traditional opera-comique and its Germanic counterpart, the Singspiel, popular on both sides of the Rhine.  Inspired by the works of Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and The Magic Flute are the Singspiel founding masterpieces. Simultaneously accessible, innovative and daring, this operatic form  reborns here in a contemporary way so as to sing and speak to a modern audience, about our faults and our achievements.

With this production Opera Comique follows one of its missions to reveal the opera-comique existing, historical, repertory and to support artistic creation by questioning this musical genre with commission to contemporary composers.

Kein Licht has been performed more than 19 times in 4 European countries - Croatia, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

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Video Presentation

Artistic Team

Philippe Manoury, Composer and co-librettist

Nicolas Stemann, Stage Director and co-librettist

IRCAM, Thomas Goepfer, Musical computing

Julien Leroy, Music direction

Co-producing Partners

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Ensemble Lucillin


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