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(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.
People are on the run. They organise themselves and fight to preserve their identity. 15 year old Lucia is sent to look for water and meets Sipho, who is the same age. She likes him immediately. At their second meeting they realise that he is one of »the others« – the enemy and supposed murderers of her parents. The uncertainty felt by both teenagers is great, but the desire for a future together is stronger. Questions are raised, plans made: at »their river« happiness seems within reach. But how to combat the powers that be? Maintaining a picture of the enemy is necessary for survival and influences how people see themselves. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur. Lucia and Sipho look for a way out of a vicious circle which reaches far beyond the boundaries of countries and national interests.
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.

Speyerstiftung With generous support from the Speyer'schen Hochschulstiftung

Sunday 31.05.2015

Further performances:
01.06.2015  | 03.06.2015  |
06.06.2015  | 08.06.2015  |
10.06.2015  | 12.06.2015  |


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

Kateryna Kasper
Daniel Schmutzhard
Fred Bucksmann
Davide Damiani
Klara Bucksmann
Elizabeth Reiter
Stine Marie Fischer
Chicken Heart
Alexander Mayr
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

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