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Experimentum Mundi

Giorgio Battistelli [*1953]

19
Wednesday
October
20:00 - 21:00
Prices: € 19,00 / 26, 00 / 33,00 / 42,00
Information about the work

Opera di musica immaginistica
Text compiled by Giorgio Battistelli from „Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers“ by Denis Diderot and Jean-Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert [1751–1772]

for children from 10 years

1 hour / no interval

In Italian language with German and English surtitles

45 Minutes before the performance: Introductory lecture (in German) in the Rang-Foyer

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Cast
  • Conductor
  • Speaker
  • Percussion
  • Cooper
    Alfredo Sannibale
    Fabio Sannibale
  • Carpenter
    Roberto Festuccia
    Francesco Campanella
  • Pasta maker
    Marcello di Palma
  • Street pavers
    Oberdan Carpineti
    Pietro Melelli
  • Masons
    Ciro Paudice
    Marco Carbone
  • Blacksmith
    Gianni Sannibale
    Marco Sannibale
  • Knife sharpener
    Aldo Sardilli
    Luigi Battistelli
  • Shoemaker
    Enzo Iezzi
    Luigi Diotallevi
  • Stonemason
    Wladimiro Carpineti
  • Voices
    Ekaterina Baeva
    Anna Brady
    Amelie Müller
    Eun-Nyung Oh
19
Wednesday
October
20:00 - 21:00
Prices: € 19,00 / 26, 00 / 33,00 / 42,00
Cast
  • Conductor
  • Speaker
  • Percussion
  • Cooper
    Alfredo Sannibale
    Fabio Sannibale
  • Carpenter
    Roberto Festuccia
    Francesco Campanella
  • Pasta maker
    Marcello di Palma
  • Street pavers
    Oberdan Carpineti
    Pietro Melelli
  • Masons
    Ciro Paudice
    Marco Carbone
  • Blacksmith
    Gianni Sannibale
    Marco Sannibale
  • Knife sharpener
    Aldo Sardilli
    Luigi Battistelli
  • Shoemaker
    Enzo Iezzi
    Luigi Diotallevi
  • Stonemason
    Wladimiro Carpineti
  • Voices
    Ekaterina Baeva
    Anna Brady
    Amelie Müller
    Eun-Nyung Oh
the content

The pasta baker cracks a few eggs and reaches for the stirring stick, a little later the cobblers start work, next come the plasterers and blacksmiths. Thus a small Italian town with its traditional crafts gradually comes to life - when Giorgio Battistelli, as conductor, gives the cues for his music theatre work EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI. In it, sixteen artisans are on stage, all from Albano Laziale, a small town south of Rome, above Lake Albano, where the composer was also born in 1953.

In 1981, as a young composer, he created a monument to his hometown with EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI and at the same time a piece that has long since become a classic of contemporary music with more than 400 performances worldwide - and in which the craftsmen actually "only" go about their daily work. This work, however, with the resulting noises, the rhythms and specific sounds, is artfully processed into a music theatre that is about creating a world through the artistry of craftsmanship. The sixteen artisans are assisted by a percussionist, four singers, and an actor. The latter recites texts from the 18th century with excerpts from the "Encyclopédie" by Diderot and d'Alembert, in which the individual trades are described as they are still practised today - and as they can be experienced on stage in the almost one-hour composition.

EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI also offers an introduction to the work of Giorgio Battistelli, whose opera of the same name, based on Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Teorema", will have its world premiere on the main stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in June 2023.

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06
DEC

Today in the foyer: "St. Nicholas is coming
17.00 h / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission


The visit of Father Christmas is a cherished tradition at the Advent Calendar of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This time we encourage our younger guests to get active themselves and share with us their favourite experiences from the past year. While enchanting music plays and Father Christmas is sure to have a sweet or two in his luggage, we invite you to take part in a small interactive activity. This year, our Father Christmas will be accompanied by the young Italian soprano Elisa Verzier.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Mendelssohn's EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Serpina in Paisiello's LA SERVA PADRONA. Her church music repertoire includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Handel's "Messiah", John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and several pieces by Pergolesi, Schubert and Bach. Elisa Verzier has won numerous competitions. Her next engagements include Norina / DON PASQUALE in Trieste and La Contessa / LA SCUOLA DEI GELOSI in Turin. In the 2022/23 season she is engaged as a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will sing Pamina / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Marzelline / FIDELIO, Frasquita / CARMEN, Musetta / LA BOHÈME and Zerlina / DON GIOVANNI, among others.