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Opera in two acts

A couple has a harmonious and sensual relationship on all levels. The two of them share an almost daily ritual where she sings for him and more or less creates with the power of her voice a new universe for both of them. When she, however, becomes ill and there is the threat she will lose her voice, for her the focus shifts to preserving her voice, and in the end she is even willing to risk undergoing a most experimental treatment. Whereas after the operation she now has unimagined vocal possibilities and can perceive a new dimension, she distances herself from him at the same time – suddenly obscure universes seem to lie between them.

In “Transstimme” Fabià Santcovsky enquires about the existential significance of the human voice for a person’s identity as well as about the risks of the mania for technical optimization. With his music theater piece, which reminds one of mythological material such as “Pygmalion” but also of the almightiness mania of a Faustian character, he illuminates the dubious technological developments of our present times and their effects on our human relationships.


Saturday, 16.05., 20:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Sunday, 17.05., 16:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Tuesday, 19.05., 20:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Wednesday, 20.05., 20:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal

Language: German with english surtitles (English translation from German: Sarah Grahneis)
Duration: ca. 75 Minutes

17.5.2020, 3:15 p.m.
Carl-Orff-Saal Foyer

Composition and libretto commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale and the Staatstheaters Braunschweig
A coproduction of the Münchener Biennale and the Staatstheater Braunschweig
Kindly supported by the Institut Ramon Llull

Jelena Bankovic (soprano) , Georg Mitterstieler (actor), ensemble of the Braunschweig State Orchestra
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Many a "NEW Return" is appearing quicker and more unexpectedly as previously thought. Due to the omnipresent effects of the corona crisis we will, together with our collaboration partners, react in a flexible manner. The Munich Biennale will become a dynamic festival in Munich and elsewhere.

Operations have been interrupted in almost all of the theaters and opera houses. This also affects our preparations and rehearsals. For this reason we have reached the following decision: world premieres that cannot be performed in Munich in May 2020 will celebrate their premieres elsewhere or in Munich on a different date.

We are planning to publish the Biennale program in May 2020 in order to conceptually present the entire festival. The Munich Biennale will begin as a physical festival at different locations. The theme and spirit should culminate in the "Salon of Wonders and Views" as a connective element over a long period of time at different locations and always viewable via a live stream. In this manner the issues of new music theater and the Biennale theme "Point of NEW Return" will be reflected and perpetuated.

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