tragicomedy for 4 singers SATB, fl, cl, bs, hn, trp, perc, vi1, vi2, vla, cb and soundeffects
65’00 | 2007 | English
LUN 1002 God’s Videotheque
Libretto Irma Achten
Commission Opera Spanga (NL)
Premiere July 25, 2007 Spanga
Instrumentation 4 soloists SATB, chamber orchestra and soundeffects
Opera Spanga invited Krüs to write her first grand opera in 2007 on a original libretto
by Irma Achten. She had been working with this opera company often before as a singer, after producer/director Corina van Eijk and Krüs founded the company in 1989.
4 Singers and 16 musicians performed 65 minutes at Spanga's beautiful rural location
in the North of Holland.
In this tragicomical opera the relationship between god, man and animal is being reviewed.
Does man enjoy his position as center of the universe? And is it justified?
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This tragicomical opera focuses on the relationship between god, man and animals. Does man enjoy his position as center of the universe? And is it justified?
Joseph Kiss, manager of God's Videotheque, pays God a visit and brings organic wine and perfume. On a large screen they watch the three main characters on their way to a convention about xenotranplantation. Leo Fulca, a scientist and his wife, philisopher Hanna. He is interested in all developments in that area - she is totally against it. Sofie Vandam seems shy at first, but turns out to be a fanatic. This catholic pharmacist cannot stand the idea that animals in this line of thinking are equal to man.
All three of them are killed at the end of the ouverture. They awake in a void between life and death in God's Videothque, where piles of videotapes with content of everybody’s lives are stored. The three newly deads are welcomed by Joseph Kiss, who confronts them with scenes they'd rather forget about.
Cast and crew at the premiere
Joseph Kiss Wil van der Meer, tenor
Sofie Vandam Monique Krüs, soprano
Hanna Fulca Klara Uleman, mezzosoprano
Leo Fulca Martijn Snaders, baritone
Magogo Chamber Orchestra conducted by Arjan Tien
Produced and directed by Corina van Eijk/Opera Spanga
Set Jolanda Lanslots
Light Henk Post
Photos Dinant …