New Scenes VI – Exposed

A Chamber Opera Triptych by Juta Pranulytė, Sina Fani Sani, Germán Alonso

24
Monday
April
20:00 - 22:00
€ 20,00 / concs.* € 10,00
Free choice of seats
Information about the work

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Music by Juta Pranulytė
Text based on interviews: Giulia Fornasier

LOVELEASE
Music by Germán Alonso
Libretto by Fabrizio Funari

D:\FACED
Music by Sina Fani Sani
Libretto by Franziska vom Heede

Premiere: 21 April 2023, Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

approx. 2 hours 15 minutes / one interval

In German, English and Italian with German surtitles

Introductory lecture: from 7.15 p.m. to 7.40 p.m. in the cloakroom hall of the Tischlerei

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Cast
  • Set design, Costume design
    Zoe Leutnant
  • Project Management, Mentorship Directing
    Prof. Claus Unzen
  • Mentorship Directing
    Prof. Corinna von Rad
    Sven Holm
  • Dramaturgy
  • Head of Studies
    Peter Meiser
  • Musical rehearsals
    Byron Knutson
Physical Education
Lòvelease
  • Composition
  • Libretto
  • Conductor
  • Director
  • Dramaturgy
    Caterina Szigeth
  • Elisabeth
    Isabelle Nahrstedt
  • Maggie
    Èlia Farreras Cabero
  • Carl
    Egor Sergeev
  • Brian
    Rory Green
  • bass clarinet
    Dake Li
  • Trumpet
    Florian Baccuet
  • Double bass
    Kostiantyn Kruhliak
  • Piano
    Zhifeng Hu
D:\FACED
Our thanks to our partners

A collaboration between the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

24
Monday
April
20:00 - 22:00
€ 20,00 / concs.* € 10,00
Free choice of seats
Cast
  • Set design, Costume design
    Zoe Leutnant
  • Project Management, Mentorship Directing
    Prof. Claus Unzen
  • Mentorship Directing
    Prof. Corinna von Rad
    Sven Holm
  • Dramaturgy
  • Head of Studies
    Peter Meiser
  • Musical rehearsals
    Byron Knutson
Physical Education
Lòvelease
  • Composition
  • Libretto
  • Conductor
  • Director
  • Dramaturgy
    Caterina Szigeth
  • Elisabeth
    Isabelle Nahrstedt
  • Maggie
    Èlia Farreras Cabero
  • Carl
    Egor Sergeev
  • Brian
    Rory Green
  • bass clarinet
    Dake Li
  • Trumpet
    Florian Baccuet
  • Double bass
    Kostiantyn Kruhliak
  • Piano
    Zhifeng Hu
D:\FACED
the content

Bodies in love, in decay, under observation or on view: the three world premieres at this NEW SCENES VI – EXPOSED event have in common the relentless self-questioning of the protagonists, their self-centredness and loneliness as they at once exploit their bodies mercilessly yet sense their estrangement from them. We form part of the world through and with our bodies – yet it is a fundamental reality of the modern age that we have come to view them as an object that we handle and manhandle as if hived off from our very self.

In NEUE SZENEN VI - EXPOSED, this is the unifying element for three plays in which young artists explore these questions on stage from their own perspectives and life experiences. In Juta Pranulytė’s PHYSICAL EDUCATION, based on interviews and written in collaboration with dramaturg Giulia Fornasier, private individuals describe how they perceive themselves as people. They reveal their vulnerability, exposing themselves to the regards and rating of others. LÒVELEASE by composer Germán Alonso and librettist Fabrizio Funari is likewise about personal disclosures somewhere between mendacity and the quest for intimacy within the setting of a dystopic dating agency. D:\FACED by Sina Fani Sani, composed to a libretto by Franziska vom Heede, pursues our obsession with the body further, contriving to write it into a power system that claims to be saving mankind from a looming apocalypse.

All three works were created as part of the sixth edition of NEW SCENES, a biennial project run jointly by the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. The project sees itself as a laboratory in which young artists can search for their own signatures in the multifaceted musical-theatre metier while experimenting with new forms of artistic collaboration. NEW SCENES always begins with a composition competition, which this year was also open to composer/librettist teams and whose international profile was resoundingly evinced by the 120 entries from over 30 countries. The respective winners are commissioned to produce a piece of musical theatre, not longer than 30 minutes in duration, to be developed with the close involvement of students from the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and later staged, performed and sung by students in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The biennial series is an opportunity for students, mentored by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a professional setting, to gather experience while producing fresh, modern-day musical theatre.

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