Frauke Meyer

»Eleonore – I don’t have to be happy« world premiere Carlswerk Victoria Cologne

7:30 p.m.

A woman goes incredibly far to free her husband. The mission succeeds – but what really happened? Who has freed whom from what and for what?

»Eleonore – I don’t need to be happy« takes the opera Fidelio as a quarry for material and initiates a comprehensive reflection of the idea of the pursuit of happiness, of liberation and of the utopias associated with this, in the social and artistic contexts of today. The characters of the opera have their say, filtered through the writing of Charlotte Roos, Beethoven himself, whose musical language is translated, exaggerated and written over into the present day by Gordon Kampe, Oxana Omelchuk and DJ IIIvibe. A system critic that searches for potential to resist is translated into music. At its centre: the confrontation of opposite poles of music and world views. All this inside a system turning the risk of denying any contradiction.


ELEONORE – I don’t need to be happy
Liberation Opera

Artistic direction: Frauke Meyer and Susanne Blumenthal

Composition: Oxana Omelchuk, Gordon Kampe and DJ Illvibe

Texts: Charlotte Roos

Musical direction: Susanne Blumenthal

Idea and direction: Frauke Meyer

Stage and costume: Uta Materne

Dramaturgy: Friederike Engel

Lighting design: Nico Kraeima


Eleonore: Maja Lange

Daughter: Marie-Audrey Schatz

Hero: Benjamin Popson

Director: Frederic Schauhoff

Candidate/ Father: Michael Taylor

MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik

Project management: littlebit Cologne

Press work: Vera Firmbach



25.09.2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Premiere)

26.09.2020 at 7:30 p.m.

27.09.2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Carlswerk Victoria, Schanzenstraße 6-20, Building 3.12, 51063 Cologne

30.10.2020  at 8.00pm

Theater Mönchengladbach

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