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