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Bizet's pearl fishers in Gelsenkirchen : death lights up blue

The heavy work is done in a textile factory. Not, as in George Bizet's "pearl fishers" customary under the water. The villagers dyeing clothes in the Gelsenkirchen Musiktheater im Revier with a rich Blue. The fits to the sea of the template, but especially in the four major Yves Klein-reliefs that dominate the vast Foyer of the music theatre visually.

Through the glass front radiates the Blue in the pedestrian area of the otherwise rather drab Gelsenkirchen and hits inevitably the passers-by. Since its inception, to the wedding of the mining industry, the music theatre in the precinct of his city of a valuable gloss and culturally. The last seasons show, as a successful Opera work can off of a popular repertoire, look: 2017 Mieczysmaw vineyard Opera, celebrated in January, "The passenger" is a rare, but amazing Premiere. Last season, Paul Hindemith's stand very rarely shown, "Mathis the painter" on the program and in the current in addition to Bernstein's "Mass" also "The pearl fishers".

Bizet's Opera suffers from the loveless Libretto

The film's Director Manuel Schmitt has focused on the precarious working conditions of the historic pearl fishing. Similar to dangerous as in the time of toil, even today, workers of any age and gender in textile factories, in Oil and coal production. Only a few kilometers from Bottrop, Germany, where last year the last colliery in the Ruhr area, the castle, is the importance of dangerous work is still very present.

Schmitt linked to the stage action sent with the devastating fire at a Pakistan factory in September 2012. 259 people died, including many children. Again and again he makes between the on-stage scenes of video sequences on a dropped down plastic curtain project. A Pakistani mother told of the disaster, she lost her son.

In Gelsenkirchen, the villagers are huts in rags between their corrugated sheet metal. Your frustration it incites, as the village's oldest, Leila, as a hostage, with the head drawn dead on the stage. Like the mother in the Video they hold portraits of Pakistan deceased workers up in the air, a Banner proclaims defiantly: "I don't for your pearls". In almost fanatical delusions of the amount of Leila's help, a calls as the new high priestess. But she is no hope of figure, she is Condemned. All you touch, see her as only an object. For Leila even any touch is unbearable, she breaks down under this collective Assault. Dongmin Lee plays the girl hauntingly approachable. Vocally she gives Leila a child-like delicate tone, the sound in this choir monumental book, made all the more vulnerable.

Since time immemorial, suffers from Bizet's Opera at the loveless Libretto. It is based on too many absurd coincidences, to construct a story to tell between the three main characters: Zurga, the newly elected leader, is surprised by the visit of his old friend, Nadir. They had sworn to each other to make their friendship about love, and decided to renounce the two Honourable Leila. Nadir has not kept in mind. Leila shows up so, the high priestess and vows for abstinence. But the power of their love forces you the first night for the double oath breaking.

A convincing access to difficult material

Piotr Prochera touches in the final scene, with love and despair, a satisfying Tremor in the voice. And he is with his sonorous, warm baritone and a sympathetic Zurga, by effortlessly against the choir and the orchestra. Something awkward in addition, Stefan Cifolelli (in Berlin as Gandhi in "Satyagraha" at the Comic Opera known) in the role of Nadir, of the voting acts somewhat strained. In the famous tenor Aria impression to succeed him but to put a deep Eat after the Lover in his voice, and to bring his Golden Timbre bright shimmer. Also convincing are Michael Heine, as Nourabad, with majestic Bass and passionate singing and playing the chorus.

The only 31-year-old Schmitt, a convincing access to the difficult substance to manage, precisely because its focus is less on the love triangle. His Central message he formulated in the Choral movements and solo arias: inhumane working conditions also affect our Western societies. The mother from the Videos is his star witness: she has participated in November in a process at the regional court of Dortmund against the textile discounter Kik, the in the Pakistani factory made clothes produce. Concerned to see the company as complicit in the fire. 10. January wants to announce to the court whether the case will be the subject of further negotiations.

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Next performance on March 19. January

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