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Kein Licht

Kein Licht. (2011/2012/2017) / Philippe Manoury

[French creation]

for actors, singers, musicians and electronic music in real time, after a text by Elfriede Jelinek

Just like Chernobyl, the name Fukushima now arouses fear of a devastating nuclear disaster beyond our control. Human power is impotent in the face of the monstrosity we have created. The great authoress Elfride Jelinek, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote Kein Licht in the wake of the 2011 catastrophe, an “after the apocalypse” text at the heart of this project. Composer Philippe Manoury, a Strasbourg man at heart, and Stage Director Nicolas Stemann, have interwoven music and theatre in a novel form to create an opera – or a Thinkspiel as they call it, a “thought play” or “thought at play” – for singers, actors, musicians and real-time music. Kein Licht is an international coproduction and is being performed in the frame of Musica just after its World Premiere at the Ruhrtriennale Festival.


Commissioned by the Opéra Comique
World Premiere on 25th August 2017 in the frame of the Ruhrtriennale Festival, Germany
Production Opéra Comique
Ruhrtriennale, Opéra national du Rhin, Festival Musica, Théâtre National Croate de Zagreb, Grands Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Münchner Kammerspiele, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, United instruments of Lucilin and 105 individual donors 
FEDORA - Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera 2016


Backed by the Fonds de Création Lyrique and Impuls Neue Musik

Musical Director Julien Leroy
Stage Director Nicolas Stemann
Set Design Katrin Nottrodt
Costumes Marysol del Castillo
Lighting Rainer Casper
Video Claudia Lehmann
Computer music designer-Ircam Thomas Goepfer

Soprano Sarah Maria Sun
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen
Contralto Christina Daletska
Baritone Lionel Peintre
Vocal quartet Chœur du Théâtre National Croate de Zagreb

United Instruments of Lucilin



In German, with interjections in French
and Japanese, surtitles in French and German


spectacle diffusé en direct sur France Musique
le vendredi 22 septembre à 20 h

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Kein Licht - Entretien avec Philippe Manoury
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Kein Licht - Rencontre au Club de la Presse
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