Wedding night (version 2)

Chamber opera in one act based on motifs from B. Schulz’s Cinnamon Shops

Opera is born at night. During studies on ancient drama in the 16th century. Opera is a study of bacchanalia. A study of the Dionysian. It is a cult of beauty and ugliness – the leitmotifs of the classic-romantic era. It is a search for a life whose pulse is expressed in resonance. In response to the music. In the space of the musical act. In the anthropological search for man, in his most acute senses.

The libretto of the Wedding Night is very traditional: just like in operas by Mozart or Rossini, it is about a love plot. The love in the Cinnamon Shops, however, is twisted, grotesque, like a statue of a Greek hero with a severed head. It is also as tragic as a pelican that feeds its young with its own blood. Finally: it is comic, even funny. Flat, superficial and untrue. Is this the only love we can afford today? Was it always just like this?