When Pierre Audi steps down in 2019 as director of Dutch National Opera, he will fulfil a career-long dream of staging segments from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 7-day opera cycle, titled Licht.
But not to some audience members who are raising a petition against it here.
This megalomaniac, expensive project seems to be a farewell gift for the departing intendant Pierre Audi. There is a lot of opposition from opera lovers, music journalists and opera critics. The complaints focus on the elitist selection of the project, the costs and the person of Karlheinz Stockhausen, particularly his statements about the terror attacks of 9/11.