With a complete performance of SUNDAY from LIGHT at the Cologne Opera House both Ensemble Musikfabrik and Opera Cologne line up a matchless highlight in 2011. It took 26 years until Karlheinz Stockhausen had worked out his monumental cycle LIGHT which stages musically the single days of the week.
Carlus Padrissa, co-founder of the Spanish theatre group “La Fura dels Baus” has already fascinated the audience in 2008 with his spectacular new production of “MICHAEL’S JOURNEY ROUND THE WORLD” (THURSDAY from LIGHT). Now he also undertakes the staging and the scenic conception of this exceptional project.
Focus of the final opera is the mystical unification of Eva with the Earl of Angels Michael which is celebrated under praises of God, joy, beauty and harmony. This “universal day” in its five scenes LIGHTS-WATERS, ANGEL PROCESSIONS, LIGHT PICTURES, SCENTS-SIGNS, MARRIAGES / HIGH-TIMES leads the opera cycle to its crowing culmination.
SONNTAG aus LICHT - Karlheinz Stockhausen
The world premiere of SUNDAY from LIGHT directed by Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus) at the Cologne Opera was the highlight of the year 2011 of Ensemble Musikfabrik as well as the Cologne Opera. For 26 years Karlheinz Stockhausen worked on is monumental cycle LIGHT with one opera for every day of the week.
Fotos by Klaus Rudolph.