Libretto by Michael Sturminger, based on the play by Ödön von Horváth (G)
Major roles: S,M,Bar,B
Stage band: vln-Ebcl-gtr(on stage prop)-accordion-zither(on stage prop)
Cabaret band: ssax-tpt.trbn.tuba-drum kit-pft-banjo
Michael Sturminger, director / Eerens, Schmutzhard, Schneider, Kirchschlager, Pesendorfer, Vondung, Silja u.a. / Ensemble Nova / Wi / HK Gruber
"A magnificent new opera is born... While Horváth’s language may look harsh on the printed page, Gruber and Sturminger have found the absurd humor in his words..."
"The piece goes straight to the heart… superb craftsmanship..."
"HK Gruber’s score displays his immense skills, with an enormous breadth of tonal colours and instrumental effects..."
"Gruber has created a score from the best that new music can offer… The work is a portrait of how people, although they put up a superhuman fight, can break down forlorn. It is thanks to this most original of Austrian composers, that an opera has been created out of the play, and one of such impressiveness that it deserves to be performed on every operatic stage from New York to Tokyo…”