The Opera #2 – On the Ropes (About the End)
The Berlin opera company NOVOFLOT is developing a threepart cycle with the modest aim of triggering a genre «reboot». DEUTSCHE BÜHNE magazine described last year’s KUNSTFEST WEIMAR premiere of the co-production's first installation as «a wonderfully inquiring, probing, searching production».
In this trilogy, based on exploring the work of opera’s «founding father», Claudio Monteverdi, the artist collective reflects on what path the genre might have taken had more works by the master from Mantua survived – a mere three operas have been preserved, the majority of his oeuvre remains lost. NOVOFLOT examines the existing material and asks how different opera might look and sound today.
Having used «Orfeo» as a sound source to generate a «big bang» of the history of opera in the first part of the cycle, the company will now inspect Monteverdi’s last opera «The
coronation of Poppea» in «Die Oper #2». This is meant in the truest sense of the word, as NOVOFLOT explores the work by touring the DEUTSCHES NATIONALTHEATER, on an expedition to follow the traces left by rare fragments of undiscovered Monteverdi operas. A number of internationally renowned jazz soloists, including Chris Dahlgren (USA), Antonis
Anissegos (GR), Hayden Chisholm (NZ), Eric Schaefer (D) and Kathrin Pechlof (D), will be joined this year by a string orchestra from the STAATSKAPELLE WEIMAR.