Seestudio | Festspielhaus
24 July 2022 - 7.30 p.m., Seestudio
Melodies and literature from Japan
This year’s opera on the lake tells the story of a geisha named Cio-Cio-San, known to everyone as Madama Butterfly, leading the viewer into an imaginary Japan, a supposedly exotic world of the Other. What do the artists think of the empire located in the Pacific Ocean, which stories and melodies are native there? In Butterfly Effects, members of the Ensemble Modern present the music of Japanese composers such as Malika Kishino and Yu Kuwabara – closely interwoven with contemporary literature. Sound and fantasy worlds of Japan – within the flapping of a butterfly’s wings.
Members of the Ensemble Modern
The works of Malika Kishino, Yu Kuwabara and others
31 July 2022 – 7.30 p.m., Seestudio
Songs and poems with Marlies Petersen, Stephan Matthias Lademann and Ulrich Reinthaller
A concert with Marlis Petersen is everything but routine. The soprano singer, who is celebrated all over the world for her unique voice and intense stage presence, is an exceptional talent. With songs by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, Gabriel Fauré and Henri Duparc she takes us to the places where thoughts, desires, dreams and emotions come into existence – the remote worlds of being. Literary texts that go beyond the boundaries of epochs and genres to look into the nature of our existence intensify and enrich the musical explorations. Ulrich Reinthaller, famous theatre and movie actor, reads.
Vocals Marlis Petersen
Piano Stephan Matthias Lademann
Narrator Ulrich Reinthaller
7 August 2022 – 7.30 p.m., Seestudio
A musical reading with Nikolaus Habjan and Kyrre Kvam
A nine-year-old boy flees war. He is forced to leave his village and his grandfather hands him over to a people smuggler. Hidden in a pipeline tube on a truck he sets out on a dangerous journey. Unpredictability, danger and arbitrariness follow him along. However, he is not completely alone. There is another refugee child in his hideout, an older girl, who knows a lot and fears nothing. Together, they find strength in memories of places and people from their homeland.
Nikolaus Habjan narrates this moving refugee story, which the Austrian author Paulus Hochgatter wrote from a child’s perspective. Kyrre Kvam musically accompanies him by framing the protagonist’s fatal journey with his own compositions.
Narrator Nikolaus Habjan
Music Kyrre Kvam