Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas is guided by the idea that music is able to articulate a human being’s emotions and states which can induce an empathetic response from other human beings . Morgen und Abend (Morning and Evening) marks his first commission from The Royal Opera. Award-winning Norwegian author, poet and playwright Jon Fosse provides the libretto – an adaptation of his acclaimed 2000 novel of the same name, which describes with meditative and simplistic life of a fisherman from birth to death. This world premiere is directed by Graham Vick, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company and former Director of Productions with Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera and features the well known Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Haas shot to international fame with in vain (2000), and common to all of his works is an intense and highly charged sombre atmosphere. Haas’s latest works have continued his experimentation with sound and the interplay of light and dark, in works such as ins Licht (2007) and ATTHIS (2009).
The story centres around a man is born, and becomes a fisherman. He ages. One day he finds himself speaking to loved ones long dead. He comes to realize that he, too, is dead.
About 1 hour 30 minutes | there is no interval
Sung in German with English dialogue and English surtitles
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