Opera in two acts
Hans-Ulrich Treichel, after 'Oceane von Parceval' by Theodor Fontane (G)
S,colS,M/A,T,2Bar,B; mixed chorus; 3(III=picc).2.corA.3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-188.8.131.52-timp(6-7).perc(3-4):crot/t.bells/gong/5wdbl/5tpl.bl/5tom-t/cyms/susp.cym/Chin.cym/sizzle cym/anvil/tgl/plate bell/lg tam-t(with cym); chimes/whip/SD/BD; wind machine-2harp-cel-strings; on-stage: Ebcl-cnt.flgn-pft-vln.db; 2bells
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Deutsche Oper, Berlin
Robert Carsen, director
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
Company: Deutsche Oper Berlin
The “mysterious woman from the sea”, vainly attempting to fit into human society, was a source of inspiration for writers, composers and artists alike throughout the 19th century. Theodor Fontane, too, tried his hand at the subject matter: Oceane von Parceval, a fragment of an unfinished novella, was just one of his attempts to encapsulate in the form of Melusine the sense of menace and fascination felt by a bourgeois, male-dominated society faced with femininity coupled with an archaic, erotically permissive artlessness. With Fontane, Oceane’s inability to sympathise with human destinies serves to amplify her alienness. She is indifferent to death and love alike, and as such her attempt to have a relationship with a young landowner, Martin von Dircksen, is doomed to failure. For 2019, Fontane’s bicentenary, Detlev Glanert and Hans-Ulrich Treichel are continuing a collaboration that began with Caligula in 2006 and have written an opera based on this fragment.
Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2018