Michael’s Journey Around the World

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York, USA

The 2013 Lincoln Center Festival will present a rare opportunity for contemporary music enthusiasts to experience a portion of famed 20th century composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Licht” (“Light,” subtitled “The Seven Days of the Week”). Described as exceeding Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in its epic proportions, “Licht” is a cycle of 7 profoundly spiritual operas about the creation of the universe. The 2013 season will present the U.S. premiere of the Wiener Taschenoper’s production of “Michaels Reise Um Die Erde” (“Michael’s Journey Around the World”), the second act from “Donnerstag aus Licht” (“Thursday from Light”). A purely instrumental act, with individual musicians portraying the lead roles, the story tells of Michael (trumpet), the supreme angel who travels to seven destinations around the world with numerous spectacular flights to lead humankind to God. During his journey, he meets Eva (Bassett horn), an allegory of love and life, and Lucifer, the fallen angel and an adversary. To each of these three figures has been assigned a characterizing melody (or formula/leitmotif). These three themes unfold through the musical action of the entire opera cycle.

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation supports the Festival’s presentation of “Michaels Reise” that will include the opening and closing segments of “Donnerstag aus Licht,”: “Donnerstags-Gruß” (Thursday's Greeting) and “Donnerstags-Abschied” (Thursday's Farewell). Contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik will perform in the Festival’s presentation. The production is directed by Carlus Padrissa, a director and founding member of the Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus. Padrissa, a veteran of the 1998 Festival during which he directed “F@ust,” will return to transform Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall into a cosmic world theater of color, dynamic projections and hypnotizing music. 

July 18–20, 2013
Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, USA 

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