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.


The team


Kopernikus – A Ritual Opera of Death (1978-79) for 7 singers, 7 instrumentalists and recorded soundtrack

Music: Claude Vivier

Book (French + invented language): Claude Vivier

Stage director: Peter Sellars

Musical ensemble: L’Instant Donné

Vocal ensemble: Roomful of Teeth

Répétiteur: Eric Dudley

Dancer, choreographer and assistant stage director: Michael Schumacher

Dramaturgy: Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

Lighting design: Seth Reiser

Stage manager: Pamela Salling

Production: Festival d’Automne à Paris

Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen (Hanover), Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil-centre dramatique national, Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse)

Associate production: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Théâtre de la Ville-Paris

With support from: Ernst von Siemens Foundation for Music, Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, ADAMI

Passes

7:30 pm.

Prices

from €17 to €52 /discounts

Friends 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)
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