This is apparently the first time a Stockhausen opera has been streamed.
It is also the first staging of Donnerstag in 30 years.
On Saturday 1st October from 16:00 to 21:30 CET Sonostream.tv again affirms its imaginative and enterprising approach to arts broadcasting by carrying the first-ever livestream of a performance from Theater Basel, one of Switzerland’s leading opera theatres. The sense of occasion is heightened by the work chosen for the webcast: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht.
An ambitious, visionary piece which utilizes various elements of opera, ballet, oratorio and absolute music, Donnerstag is one of the seven music dramas that form Stockhausen’s cycle Licht, composed between 1977 and 2003. Donnerstag was premiered at La Scala, Milan in 1981, but this staging at Theater Basel – first seen in June this year – is not only the Swiss premiere of the work, but its first production anywhere in more than 30 years.
The livestream is available free of charge to viewers around the world and will be available on demand, also free of charge for two weeks after the live broadcast.
The stage director is the young American Lydia Steier, who takes a fresh, highly theatrical approach to the piece. Titus Engel, especially renowned in modern music, is the conductor, while Kathinka Pasveer, a long-time collaborator of Stockhausen (who died in 2007) takes charge of the sound-mixing, having been closely involved with the musical preparation. The central role of Michael, a modern Orpheus, is taken by no fewer than four performers: the tenors Peter Tantsits and Rolf Romei, the trumpeter Paul Hübner and the dancer Emmanuelle Grach. The video production and direction is by Bernhard Fleischer.