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Der Opernwürfel

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The bouillon cube (Liebig’s meat extract pressed to a cube), invented by Justus von Liebig in 1880, was a revolution to the cuisine of soup. The opera cube, invented by Georg Nussbaumer, is now doing the same for music theater. It preserves calories from 418 years of opera history by condensation of numerous piano scores. It remains dissolvable into smaller cubes. Slowly, like a melting iceberg, this archive of the opera wanders along, while text and note particles as well as instructions for activities are filtered from its memory.

Georg Nussbaumer’s works oscillate between music theatre, performance art and installation; they often stretch over extended periods and have site-specific orientation. So far, Nussbaumer and Kaleidoskop have collaborated mainly on projects dealing with Richard Wagner. Der Opernwürfel now reaches for nothing less than the entire stock of opera! Without flavour enhancer. May contain elements of pathos.

Composition, concept: Georg Nussbaumer
With: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
Soprano: Sarah Maria Sun
Live electronics: Robert Schwarz

A production by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and BAM! – Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater. Funded by initiative neue musik berlin e.V. and SKE Soziale & Kulturelle Einrichtungen der Austro Mechana.


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