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Violet snow at the Staatsoper : Under a foreign sun

The darkness gives off its own smell. It spreads in the auditorium of the state Opera, before the room is unlit light, and reminiscent of freshly-painted window frames and cold Winter, coal-burning stoves. The fragrance emerges from hundreds of program books, the first third of the printed pages consists of mostly black. The Finger smell of the leaves, a bit of smoked bacon. It last reminiscences to settle down are, before the composer Furrer Beat with his Opera "Violet snow" the audience does not want to kidnapped in a Winter.

Five people try to resist the ever-increasing mental and physical load of the continuous snowfall. From the beginning, only a little reason to hope that Silvia, Natasha, Jan, Peter and Jacques will survive this extreme situation. Already the first bars of Furrer's music sound like a beacon, after a hold-up Overthrow and destroy erbendem impact, according to a gurgle deep under a frozen lake, and a shrill Laugh, which is not of this world.

Bruegel's famous painting "hunters in the snow" characterizes the stage

An image imprinted in this work commissioned by the Staatsoper unter den Linden, it holds one of the most famous winter views of the history of art. "The hunters in the snow" by Pieter Bruegel is a green-grey Tableau of slow-revealing horror. Because the Idyll is deceptive, with its Winter sports on the frozen water. The hunters return with virtually no prey home, a chimney fire threatened a house and another could be negligence at any time robbery of the flames. The blessing over the Inn hangs visibly wrong, a bird trap announces the knowing observer, that the last judgment could begin at any time. "The hunters in the snow" appeared in the Little ice age of the middle ages, a Herald of the Apocalypse. And you have to dive in there again, where the person loses all certainty, in Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," or Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris".

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Also, Beat Furrer, Austrian composers with Swiss roots, was attracted by the view of the planet Solaris and its unfathomable plasma sea. Already in 2010, he met in Berlin with Vladimir Sorokin, who gave the idea to deal with the absolutely Alien, of a different shape. In his design, it is the snow that holds a group in a house. While you anplaudern against the cold crisis, you will loose protection than ever, until, suddenly, a strange sun rises and the snow-violet lights. The move away from the direct "Solaris"-a reference was also strategically useful, because in the Opera, orbit, Detlev glanert's Opera is circling high above Berlin is still after the Stanisław Lem novel, which was supposed to land were seen in 2013 at the coproducing the Komische Oper. Sorokins Text do not need to be swallowed and safe from his biting surrealism have been tanned, in any case, he came as a Librettist for the train. The premiere team with Furrer, the Poet, Händl, Klaus, and Director Claus Guth set to Bruegel, the Opera was "hunters in the snow" to the Cover of your season program.

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