"Aus Licht" by Stockhausen at the Dutch National Opera

91 min
Available from 29/11/2019 to 31/08/2020

Stockhausen's "Licht" is an extraordinary work, a cycle of seven radical operas that has never been performed in its entirety. This summer, the Dutch National Opera presented a first-rate condensed version in a three-day marathon performance. Discover the most beautiful moments here.

Licht is a gigantic fresco comprising seven operas, one for each day of the week. In this work, Karlheinz Stockhausen is not just creating a lyrical cycle; he is giving birth to a whole universe that requires several hundred artists to be present on stage and in the orchestra pit.

In June 2019, the Dutch National Opera launched Aus Licht – a three-day condensed version of Licht. This was a considerable challenge because it was the first time it had been possible to see and hear so much of this colossal work over such a short period of time. To set up this Dantean project, the Dutch National Opera found itself some formidable allies: the Holland Festival and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

In Aus Licht, Lucifer, Eve and Saint Michael the Archangel all rub shoulders and it is Pierre Audi's task to give substance to these celestial characters. From the famous Helikopter-Streichquartett to the heavenly Angels Processions and Lucifer's Dance, the Franco-Lebanese director pays a vibrant tribute to Stockhausen, a true pillar of the avant-garde.

  • Production :
    • La Compagnie des Indes
  • Country :
    • France
  • Year :
    • 2019