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AN UNSEREM FLUSS
(By Our River)

Lior Navok
* 1971

Libretto by the composer
German translation by Kristian Lutze
Sung in German with German surtitles

Duration: 1 1/2 hour without interval

About the work

One country, two nations, a story about uprooting, expulsion, return, freedom and boundaries – and the longing for freedom.
L ...
One country, two nations, a story about uprooting, expulsion, return, freedom and boundaries – and the longing for freedom.
Lior Navok (Tel Aviv 1971) studied composition and conducting at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and New England Conservatoire in Boston. His stage and concert works are played all over the world, among others by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Opera, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, in the Carnegie Hall, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Berlin Philharmonie. His passion for the written word and theatre led Navok to opera. He wrote Die Wette/The Bet (2012), a chamber opera based on a short story by Anton Chekhov, and his oratorio And the Trains Kept Coming... was staged for the first time in Germany in February 2014 at Nürnberg Opera.

Synopsis

People have fled to a place that promises a better future: Sinya and Chickenheart, to make a new life, and Lucia, determined to st ...
People have fled to a place that promises a better future: Sinya and Chickenheart, to make a new life, and Lucia, determined to stop feeling guilty about the death of her mother. Protection and encouragement are provided by Fred Bucksmann and his wife Klara. Both rely on financial support from Big Uncle. Lucia's grandfather, Allendorf, distances himself from this new beginning. Lucia meets Sipho, a young man from the other side. They find a river. An arguement soon flares up about legal rights to land. Despite insurmountable differences, they want to see each other again. It is clear that Chickenheart is not able to protect the newly occupied land from enemy attack. The situation escalates when he begins to fell an olive tree. Sinya shoots the farmer. Sipho is called to account by Rutget, and put on trial by his helpers Right-Hand and Schatz. Sipho's statement that: „water belong to us all,“ is met with incredulity, which soons turns into unbridled aggression. The only one to show some sympathy is Kavi, Right-Hand's father, who urges his son to forgive. Lucia and Sipho meet again, and decide to run away together. Fred Bucksmann presents three suspected terrorists, thought to be responsible for Chickenheart's death. He banishes Right-Hand and Schatz to the desert, but lets Sipho go free, at his wife's request. Sipho returns to his side. Rutget tells him to chose between being: „a loser in this cold world or a hero in the warm light of the sun.“ Big Uncle arrives, to negotiate new deals with the two leaders, unaware that he is being watched by Lucia and Sipho. The arrangements are identical: Bucksmann and Rutget, only concerned about looking after their own interests, are played off against one another by Big Uncle. Repulsed by this double deception, Lucia decides to fight for a better, peaceful future.


Speyerstiftung With generous support from the Speyer'schen Hochschulstiftung
Performances

Wednesday 03.06.2015 19:30 h

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Cast

Conductor
Sebastian Zierer
Director
Corinna Tetzel
Costume Designer
Judith Adam
Lighting Designer
Jan Hartmann
Dramaturge
Deborah Einspieler
Stage Designer
Stephanie Rauch

Lucia
Kateryna Kasper
Allendorf
Daniel Schmutzhard
Fred Bucksmann
Davide Damiani
Klara Bucksmann
Elizabeth Reiter
Sinya
Stine Marie Fischer
Chicken Heart
Alexander Mayr
Sipho
Michael Porter *
Zachary R
Alfred Reiter
Right Hand
Hans-Jürgen Schöpflin
Herr Kavi
Carlos Krause
Bauer / Big Uncle 1
Gurgen Baveyan *
Schatz / Big Uncle 2
Yves Saelens

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra


* Member of the Opera Studio

 
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