The big noise on the Ruhr this year will be …. John Cage. Silence, please.main
Heiner Goebbels, director of the Ruhr Triennale, has let slip that he plans to open his festival in August with Europera 1 & 2 by John Cage.
Unstaged in Europe since the 1987 Frankfurt premiere the pieces involve a blindfolded soprano and a mezzo in rabbits’ ears (Playboy, anyone?). There are three further operas in the sequence.
Cage, born September 5, 1912, would have turned 100 this summer.
photo: Cage, by Betty Freeman ((c) Lebrecht Music & Arts)