Die Konzerte am 17. und 18.4. (Kopernikus) werden auf einen späteren Termin verschoben.

Chamber Music

Artist in Residence: Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars, Artist in Residence in this season, will present his scenic interpretation of the chamber opera Copernicus by the Canadian composer Claude Vivier, who is scarcely known in this country. Vivier himself called the work – which wanders between reality and dream worlds with a great sense of tonal colour – an opéra-rituel de mort ritual opera of death.

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Reinbert de Leeuw Conductor

Peter Sellars Staging

Claude Vivier

Kopernikus

Dates and Tickets

Die Konzerte am 17. und 18.4. (Kopernikus) werden auf einen späteren Termin verschoben.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Serie Non-subscription concert chamber music

Programme

From their very first series of performances in Berlin, Peter Sellar’s stagings of the passions of Johann Sebastian Bach after the Gospels of Matthew and John have attained cult status. In the 2015/16 season a director is artist in residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time: the American jack of all trades of the (musical) theatre Peter Sellars. In April 2016, Sellars will put forward his scenic interpretation of a chamber opera by the Canadian composer Claude Vivier, who is scarcely known in this country.

Born in Montreal in 1948, Vivier first studied at the conservatory in his hometown; later a scholarship from the Canada Council for the Arts made it possible for him to pursue advanced studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne, among others. Extended travels through Asia gave additional musical impetus for Vivier. One year after the composer settled in France, his life came to an untimely and violent end: Vivier was found murdered in his Paris apartment in 1983.

Unquestionably one of Vivier’s most important works is the opera Kopernikus based on his own libretto, which premiered in 1980. The work wanders between reality and dream worlds; it links spoken and sung language into one conquering unity of sound with a great sense of tonal colour. Vivier himself called it an opéra-rituel de mort [ritual opera of death] – closing the circle to Peter Sellars’s previous scenic work for and with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Conducted by the Dutch conductor and composer Reinbert de Leeuw, members of the Berlin Philharmonic will accompany the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, a seven-person ensemble which particularly dedicates itself to contemporary music; in the year 2015 alone, the singers will perform more than 25 premieres.

(c) Monika Ritterhaus