27 October 2015 at 3.52pm | Comment on this article
Director Graham Vick and Artistic Director of the Young Vic David Lan recently discussed the work of Norwegian writer and dramatist Jon Fosse before the world premiere of Morgen und Abend, a new opera based on the author's novel of the same name.
The opera tells the story of a fisherman named Johannes, who one day finds himself in conversation with loved ones long dead.
‘Morgen und Abend is an opera which works on many levels simultaneously', says Vick of adapting Fosse's work for the lyric stage. 'The challenge is to try and keep all of those possibilities and alternatives alive so that the audience shares the experience — so that they can't settle and sit on the outside, but feel the unease, uncertainty and fractured psyche of a man who eventually understands that he is dead.’
'It's very timely in our own culture. It's right at the edge of contemporary thought and feeling. It's exactly what an opera should be about today', says the director.
The Young Vic is one of the few theatres in the UK to have staged a play by Fosse, perhaps Europe’s most performed playwright — the Southwark venue staged a production of I am the Wind by Patrice Chéreau in 2011. ‘He writes with extraordinary intensity and conviction', says Lan. 'He’s very convincing about the reality of people’s deep feelings for each other.’
Vick also notes the ‘fantastically ambitious score’ by Georg Friedrich Haas.
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Morgen und Abend runs 13-28 November 2015. Tickets are still available.
The production is a co-commission and co-production with Deutsche Oper Berlin and is generously supported by Stefan Sten Olsson, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts via The London Community Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and The John S Cohen Foundation.