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Stuttgart 2010

Kats-Chernin, Elena

The Rage of Life (2010)

Duration: 70 minutes
Chamber opera

Libretto by Igor Bauersima (E)

Scoring
Major Roles: S,Bar; minor roles: 2S,M,2T,B; 0.1(=corA).1(=bcl).0-0.1.1.1-perc(2)-kbd-elec.gtr-strings(2.2.2.2.1).
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
4/24/2010
Troubleyn Laboratorium, Antwerp
Igor Bauersima, director
Conductor: Daniel Inbal
Company: Flanders Opera

Roles

LEIFBaritone
HELENASoprano
Sonja / NurseSoprano
Leif's sister / DosserSoprano
Mother / PolicewomanMezzo-soprano
Des / Pete / DosserTenor
Physician / DosserBass
Father / Physician / DosserTenor


Synopsis
Leif cannot believe what his parents, his sister, and his friends Des and Sonja all claim: that Helena, whom he adores, is dead – although she has even left a suicide note. Instead, he thinks he knows where she could be hiding and begins to search for her. His friends find him in an abandoned industrial site. He appears confused and is talking to an invisible person; everybody is scared of him. In their worry, his parents commit him to a psychiatric ward. It doesn’t seem to change anything: Leif not only hears Helena’s voice but he even encounters her when she visits him disguised as a doctor. The two of them break out of the ward, killing a doctor and nurse who try to stop them. Having escaped security guards and the police, they fall into the hands of violent, antisocial addicts, whose brutal attacks they barely survive… With their pursuers are on their heels, they lunge together into a dark, seemingly bottomless pit.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Ethics, Society





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