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Zwerger - Amann - Kruse

GREAT OPEN EYES

COMPOSER

LIBRETTIST

DIRECTOR

SET DESIGNER

COSTUME DESIGNER

VIDEO DESIGNER

CREATIVE PRODUCER

Manuel Zwerger

Carolyn Amann

Carmen C. Kruse

Valentin Mattka

Ulf Brauner

Susanne Brendel

Leonora Scheib

Finalist, FRINGE OPER.A 20.21 Competition

 

Conceived by Carmen C. Kruse & Manuel Zwerger. Developmental support by Penda Diouf.

Commissioned and produced by

Civic Opera Creations and Theater Münster.

 

Funded by

    

In partnership with 

 

Developmental support by Schloss Unterloibl, EKP, KARBA Pack & Dr. Elke Piskernik.

THE TEAM

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Manuel Zwerger

Composer

Carolyn Amann

Librettist

Carmen C. Kruse

Stage Director

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Valentin Mattka

Set Designer

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Ulf M. Brauner

Costume Designer

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Susanne Brendel

Video Designer

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Leonora Scheib

Creative Producer

type

chamber opera

duration

75-minutes, including a 15-min

pre-show video installation

space

black box or sight-specific space

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Great Open Eyes is a new chamber opera by composer Manuel Zwerger, librettist Carolyn Amann and director Carmen C. Kruse that combines themes from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf with first-hand community accounts to explore the themes of grief and child loss. The audience follows the grief of Rita and Alfred, who lost their son Eyolf.

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In an immersive, intimate world with a concentric stage designed for a black box or sight-specific space, three singers, one child, two conductors and 35 musicians offer its surrounding audience a unique scenic and acoustic experience that cuts right to the core of this human emotional journey.  

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As a modular production Great Open Eyes is unique to each place, collaborating with local ensembles and featuring its own row of interviews that  are reflected in new composition elements, text, and a 15-minutes pre-show video installation.

CAST

. Alfred, baritones

. Rita, soprano

. Rat-wife, mezzo-soprano

. Eyolf, child

. 2 conductors

. 2 oboes

. 2 clarinets

. 2 basoons

. 2 trumpets*

. 2 horns*

. 2 trombones*

. 1 percussion (small instruments)*

. 22 solo strings (5-5-6-4-2)* **

. Voices of the Rat-wife on tape

*prepared instruments

** with scordatura

MUSIC EXCERPTS

FROM OUR MARCH 2022 WORKSHOP IN VIENNA

LIBRETTO EXCERPTS

JULY 2022

I just heard him a second ago

Playing outside in the garden

Heard the branches crack
He was climbing up the treetop

Why should he leave

Leave the garden

Towards the sea

Down to the bay

All on his own

I was cutting the roses
When I felt him rushing by

Tasted the smell of his hair
He was alive just a second ago

And now they say he is no more.

 - Rita, Excerpt from Scene 2: Denial

Alfred

 

 

 

Rita

 

 

Alfred

Rita

Alfred

Keep up
unbearable march of time

My body is still moving

I have no feelings left

for this world

Keep up
Formal task
For a heartbreaking farewell

No hunger

No thirst

Nothing

Keep up
Keep going

Unspeakable pain

is haunting me

and will catch up

if I stand still

- Excerpt from Scene 3: Functioning/Emptiness

PERFORMANCES & TICKETS

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JOIN US

share your story with us as a person who experienced grief and childloss and become part of the creation process.

SUPPORT US

as an organization that supports people who experienced grief and childloss around the creation process and performance events.

CONTACT US

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(c) 2022, Civic Opera Creations, Verein für Kunst, Kultur & Soziales, ZVR:1792837722, Austria