Music theatre for three performers, Ensemble and live electronics

21 July 2019 | 20:00 Premiere
22 July 2019 | 20:00
23 July 2019 | 20:00
24 July 2019 | 20:00
Festival Studio 2019 | Reithalle München
A production of Bayerische Staatsoper

Time stands still in the death cell. The death cell is a waiting room. Time does not move, it has stopped. Routines structure the undetermined limbo between the sentencing and its enforcement. Composer Felix Leuschner, librettist Reto Finger and director Manuel Schmitt travelled together to Texas for research purposes, to come closer to the life situation of a prisoner sentenced to death. Found guilty of murder, for 13 years now he has been isolated from society, his environment and family, awaiting the state-ordered death.  These impressions produce a piece for two singers and one actor, characterised by personal encounters with those affected and the different real lives of people on both sides of the bars. The staging will pose questions about our understanding of freedom and social co-habitation and provide visual, acoustic and intellectual insights into the emotional journey of the project team.

Libretto by Reto Finger
Composer: Felix Leuschner
Concept and Production: Manuel Schmitt
Stage: Daniel Angermayr
Lighting: Christian Kass
Dramaturgy: Benedikt Stampfli

Salome Kammer, soprano
Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa, soprano
Ben Daniel Jöhnk, speaker

Ensemble Interface
Bettina Berger, flutes
Andrea Nagy, clarinets
Joao Pacheco, percussion
Anna D’Errico, keyboards
HannaH Walter, violin
Christophe Mathias, cello
Armando Merino Alcalde, conductor

Live-Electronics Felix Leuschner

Background image: Glass Between Us, 2017 (c) Manuel Schmitt