The Opera


The Opera #1 – At the Circle (To Start With)

After motives from Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”

World Premiere by Kunstfest Weimar 23.-25. August .2019
by BAM Festival, Berlin 29. September 2019 

The defining character of modern opera contradicts the original intention of its creator, namely to revitalise the ideals of antiquity. At the end of the 16th century, Europe’s bourgeoisie redefined the newly created genre: whatever insights were gained about love, murder and manslaughter were sacrificed by the absolute desire for representation. An irreversible coincidence of music history? The Berlin opera company Novoflot is of a different opinion. In a planned three-year trilogy entitled «The Opera #1 – #3», it looks back at the birth of opera 400 years ago and its founding father, the composer Claudio Monteverdi. When audiences rediscovered Monteverdi in the 20th century, scholars found out that 15 of his operas no longer exist, and their whereabouts are still unknown today. With «The Opera #1 – #3», Novoflot and their coproducers will celebrate the imagined rediscovery of these lost opera works over the next three festival editions and creatively reinterpret the facts that lie at the beginning of operatic history. The project takes Monteverdi’s three known works, and fills in the missing pieces one by one. The production begins with «The Opera #1» featuring a large-scale recitative and singing chorus, solo vocalists, dancers, actors and an instrumental ensemble based on themes from Monteverdi’s «Orfeo». The performance comprises two parts: the first is a choral intervention to be performed at various public squares in town (Theaterplatz, Herderplatz etc.), and the second part will be a performance staged at the E-Werk. Both parts can be attended separately and in any order.

Kunstfest Weimar / 23-25. August 2019

BAM Festival / 29. September 2019

Funded by Senatsverwaltung Kultur und Europa Berlin und die Kulturstiftung des Bundes im FONDS DOPPELPASS – Fonds für Kooperation im Theater