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Experimentum Mundi

Giorgio Battistelli [*1953]

21
Friday
October
11:00 - 12:00
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

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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
21
Friday
October
11:00 - 12:00
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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02
DEC

Advent Calendar in the Foyer: The 2nd Door

Today in the foyer: The Small and Large Chorus of the Children's Chorus sings Christmas carols
17.00 hrs / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission


Around 150 active singers make up our Children's Chorus, which is an important and heavily involved ensemble partner in numerous operas. Its members come together at least twice a week to make music under the direction of Christian Lindhorst. In its performances and concerts on stage, in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie or at other events, the Children's Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin spans the spectrum from baroque to modern.

In the course of the 2022/23 season, the children and young people aged 9 to 16 will appear on the stage of the house in CARMEN, LA BOHÈME, TOSCA and TURANDOT as well as in the new production of MATTHEW PASSION. And on 18 December 2022, the chorus will take a trip to St. Paul the Apostle Church in Schöneberg, where it will join the Kammersymphonie Berlin for a Christmas programme "In dulci jubilo" with works by Michael Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Michael Praetorius and Gottfried August Homilius, among others.

Today's programme includes Advent and Christmas carols such as "Jetzt ist wieder Weihnacht da" or "Lied von den Schneeflocken".

The children's chorus is sponsored by Dobolino e.V. and Engel & Völkers.