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Information
Opernhaus
Revival
July 14, 2017
Duration
I. and II. Act: approx. 1 hour 20 min
Interval (after II. Act): approx. 25-30 min
III. Act: approx. 50 min
Performances, Cast, Tickets
July 2017
14.07.2017 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 20 / 29,50 / 39 / 48 / 60 / 72 / 84 € / D
17.07.2017 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 19 / 28 / 37 / 47 / 58 / 69 / 80 € / C
20.07.2017 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 19 / 28 / 37 / 47 / 58 / 69 / 80 € / C
22.07.2017 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 20 / 29,50 / 39 / 48 / 60 / 72 / 84 € / D
26.07.2017 18:00 - 20:45 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 19 / 28 / 37 / 47 / 58 / 69 / 80 € / C
Cast Jul 2017 - Jul 2017
Show
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling, Directing and Dramaturgy: Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Stage Design: Jens Kilian, Costumes: Anja Rabes, Video: Chris Kondek, Choreographical assistance: Andrea Böge, Lighting: Reinhard Traub, Chorus and Children's Chorus: Johannes Knecht

Colin: Ed Lyon, Die Maus: Sébastien Dutrieux, Nicolas, Colin's Koch: Arnaud Richard, Chick, Freund von Colin: Daniel Kluge, Alise, Chicks Freundin: Sophie Marilley, Isis, Freundin von Chloé: Nozuko Teto, Der Priester / Pégase / Seneschall: Marcel Beekman, Chloé: Rebecca von Lipinski, Coriolan: Padraic Rowan, Schuppentier / Apotheker: Dirk Schmeding, Doktor Mangemanche: Roland Bracht, Der Direktor der Waffenfabrik: Karl-Friedrich Dürr, Jesus: Mark Munkittrick, Das Mädchen: Jeanne Seguin, Die Katze: N. N. , With: Staatsopernchor Stuttgart, Kinderchor der Oper Stuttgart, Staatsorchester Stuttgart

L'Écume des jours

by Edison Denisov
in French with German supertitles


»INTERNATIONAL DIAGHILEV AWARD 2013«
(BEST OPERA PRODUCTION)

For his »Lyrical Drama« L’Écume des jours Edison Denisov adapted Boris Vian’s love story, which after its publication in 1946 under the same name reached cult status in the Sixties and Seventies. Denisov is considered as one of the most independent and creative musicians in the Soviet Union. His composition was set to French lyrics and came to world premiere in 1984  in Paris. With it he proved that „it is possible to compose in such a way that the music can be sung without falling back to old-fashioned traditionalism”.

In L‘Écume des jours melodic and intense though intimate scenes alternate with chorus scenes of musical-like quality.

Pre-performance Introduction (in German)
45 minutes prior to the start of every performance, Opera House, Grand Tier Foyer (Foyer I. Rang)

Late Night Talk (in German)
Directors, dramaturgs, singers and conductors are ready to answer your questions:
  • July 14, 2017
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SUMMARY
Colin’s flat is lit by two suns, then: Colin loves the light. Colin is young and rich. His friend Chick is poor but has got a girl-friend, the lovely Alise. Alise is the niece of Colin’s new cook Nicholas. Colin hopes that Nicholas has got more than the one niece, because: “I am longing to fall in love with somebody!” At a party Colin meets Chloé and he is instantly struck by love. “Have you been arranged by Duke Ellington?” Listening to an Ellington blues with the same name, Chloé and Colin embrace each other. They soon celebrate a dream-like wedding. However, Cloé is ill with a water-lily growing in her lungs. To kill it off Chloés needs to be constantly surrounded by flowers. Buying those drives Colin to his ruin, as his financial means have already diminished considerably due to both his own lavish wedding and his lending money to his friend Chick for the intended wedding with Alise. Chick - as self-professed existentialist - did not spent that money on the wedding but bought first editions, manuscripts and old pipes by the great philosopher Jean-Sol Partre instead. Chick separates from Alise, but Alise has stolen his “heart-rooter” and she is determined to make use of that dangerous weapon. Chloés disposition is getting worse and Colin accepts any kind of work he can get. He now experiences the dark side of society, but Colin does not hesitate to go through hell, then: he is no longer in love with light – he is in love with Chloé.
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SYNOPSIS
ACT 1

1. TABLEAU
Colin’s house. Colin tells his house mouse that he has invited to dinner his best friend Chick, who is notorious for his money troubles. Colin’s new cook Nicolas prepares an eel pâté from a recipe by the master chef Gouffé. Chick arrives. Since he reads little apart from the writings of star philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, he at first takes »Gouffé« for the eponymous victim of a spectacular murder case.
To Colin’s surprise, it turns out that Nicolas and Chick have a mutual connection: Chick’s girlfriend Alise is Nicolas’s niece. Nicolas has a rather low opinion of Alise’s friends and her penchant for philosophy.
Colin shows Chick his pianocktail: Each note the player strikes corresponds to a liquor or flavoring. Chick mixes two drinks on the tune »Solitude«.
The eel pâté is served. Colin tells how Nicolas dispatched the eel, then asks about Alise. Chick relates how he met her at a lecture by the great Jean-Sol Partre and slept with her the same night. He invites Colin to the skating rink, where he has a date with Alise the next morning. Colin promises to come, along with Nicolas. He hopes Nicolas has more nieces.

INTERMEZZO 1 – Colin dreams of the girl of his dreams.

2. TABLEAU
At the skating rink. Chick introduces his girlfriend Alise to Colin. Colin and Alise get on well, but Alise mostly raves about Uncle Nicolas, who arrives with a new conquest, Isis, at his side. Isis invites everyone to a birthday party for her little dog. A tragic accident brings a priest and eight cleaning attendants to the scene.

INTERMEZZO 2 – Colin longs to be in love.

3. TABLEAU
At the birthday party of Isis’s little dog. Alise and Chick fight: Chick feels he cannot marry Alise because he must devote his limited financial resources to his Partre collection. Colin tries to mediate. Then Isis introduces him to her friend Chloé. Chloé shares her name with the foxtrot made world-famous by Duke Ellington. Love strikes Colin like a thunderbolt.

4. TABLEAU
In the city. Colin and Chloé meet. A pink cloud envelops them. Chloé suggests window shopping, but she disapproves of the displays, with their scenes of sex and violence. On a park bench, Colin and Chloé steal their first kiss.


ACT 2

Colin awaits his dream wedding in a fever of anticipation.

5. TABLEAU
The pansies of honor, Pégase and Coriolan, are just as late getting ready for the wedding as the three girlfriends, Chloé, Alise and Isis.

INTERMEZZO 3 – Colin and Chloé marry.

6. TABLEAU
On their honeymoon, Colin, Chloé and Nicolas arrive at the copper mines. Chloé is frightened by a scaly beast, but Nicolas explains that it is a worker in protective clothing. Colin and Chloé feel bothered.

7. TABLEAU
Chloé has chest pains, and the house mouse has hurt herself trying to polish the dingy floor tiles. Chloé asks Colin to put on the music he loves, and together they let Duke Ellington cast his spell over them. Then Doctor Mangemanche enters. When he examines Chloé, he thinks he hears a »strange music« in her left breast. Worried, he writes a prescription and urges them to follow it.

INTERMEZZO 4 – Could a water lily be the cause of Chloé’s illness?

8. TABLEAU
At the pharmacy. At the urging of Colin and Chick, the pharmacist begins preparing Chloé’s medicine at once. Colin realizes that all the flowers – which, on the doctor’s orders, Chloé is to be constantly surrounded with – are consuming his entire fortune, a significant share of which he has already given to Chick so that he can marry Alise. Chick, however, has spent everything on Jean-Sol Partre’s first editions, castoff pipes and old clothes.

9. TABLEAU
Chloé undergoes surgery, but now the water lily has invaded her right lung as well. To keep her supplied with fresh flowers, Colin must find work.


ACT 3

10. TABLEAU
A job interview at the arms factory. When the director learns that Colin needs to earn money because of his love for a sick woman who »isn’t good for anything anymore,« he initiates him into the mysteries of arms production.

11. TABLEAU
Alise visits Colin. She is in despair because Chick has thrown her out of their apartment. She asks herself why she did not meet Colin earlier. Colin tries to console her, but it is too late.

INTERMEZZO 5 – The seneschal takes his eight officers out to collect taxes.

12. TABLEAU
The officers brutally murder Chick.

INTERMEZZO 6 – Alise has decided: Since Chick no longer wants to live with her, she will
burn Partre’s books.

13. TABLEAU
Chloé is dead. A priest dispenses the certainty of faith. Jesus washes
his hands in innocence.

INTERMEZZO 7 – A young woman sings the song of the backstreet.

14. TABLEAU - Epilog
The mouse can no longer bear Colin’s suffering. She manages to convince the cat to kill her: She will lay her head in the mouth of the cat, who promises to bite down when someone steps on her tail, since she »needs a quick reflex.« A group of blind girls approaches, singing.