An opera by Canadian composer Claude Vivier, with the personal touch of stage director Peter Sellars. Copernicus, the man behind the title of the opera, brought the revolution that radically changed man’s way of seeing things, shifting from the earth to the sun and its sacred flames. There is no dramatic conflict here, no role, merely references to mythology, fairy tales and history; but there is a dream of life, and the ceremony held when born again after death. In the quest for revelation, Kopernikus aspires to complete purification, to a pure state of mind. A transition from one form of consciousness to another, where Vivier’s music finds peace beyond peace.
‘Visionaries from all centuries, gather round!’ Lewis Carroll meets Mozart. A witch meets a blind prophet or an aged monk. Merlin the Magician meets the Queen of the Night. Tristan and Isolde converse at a distance in an awe-inspiring ritual of death. The opera Kopernikus, marked with both fire and water, is this type of encounter. An encounter in wonderment, with the delightful music composed by Claude Vivier.
PricesFriends of the Arriaga: 25% to 35% off
Groups, youths, 65+ seniors, unemployed, large families, persons with at least 33% degree of disability: 25% off
Last-minute discount (for all categories mentioned above, save for Friends of the Arriaga): 50% off
Last-minute discount for Young Friends of the Arriaga: 70% off
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% off (proscenium box with one companion)