Stockhausen in Digbeth

(Source: Guardian)

Birmingham Opera Company has announced it is to stage one of the most challenging operas ever written, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s five-hour epic Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light) , during the London 2012 festival.

Featuring real helicopters, two choirs, octophonic sound, numerous musicians, the Radio 1 DJ Nihal and requiring two separate performance halls, this will be the first time that all six parts of the opera have been staged together.

The “bewilderingly difficult” piece will be performed four times between 22 and 25 August, starting at 4pm each day at the Argyle Works, a former factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.

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  2. Joseph Masheck Says:

    How marvelous this should be, and what a great ‘score’ for modernism, as against lingering postmodern pseudo-radicalism and pedantic philistinism; though don’t be surprised if the pomos try to claim it, as they do with Joyce and anything else they fancy. And how interesting to use the professionals as coaches to get the whole town singing: it’ll be like the wonderful scene in ‘Blues Brothers’ which starts with a juke box and expands through the streets, but beyond the imagination even of Wagner! Wish I could be there.

    • Thanks for your comment … it’s a real once in a lifetime event isn’t it … although I am sure there will be plenty of Brummies moaning about the council wasting money …

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