God's Videotheque | opera for Opera Spanga (NL) | 2007
Opera Spanga invited me to write my first grand opera in 2007 on a original libretto by Irma Achten.
I had been working with this opera company often before as a singer, after producer/director Corina van Eijk and I founded the company in 1989.
4 Singers and 16 musicians performed 65 minutes at Spanga's beautiful rural location in the North of Holland.
In this tragicomical opera the relationship between god, man and animal is being reviewed.
Does man enjoy his position as center of the universe? And is it justified?
Joseph Kiss, manager of God's Videotheque, pays God a visit and brings organic wine and perfume.
On a large screen they watch the three main characters on their way to a convention about xenotranplantation.
Leo Fulca, a scientist, wants to know more about the latest developments in that area. His wife Hanna, philosopher, is totally against it.
Sofie Vandam. a shy, but when it comes down to it a very fanatic catholic pharmacist, cannot bear
the idea that animals in this line of thinking are equal to man.
Already at the end of the ouverture all 3 are killed.
They awake in a void between life and death in God's Videothque, where they are welcomed
by the manager, Joseph Kiss.
Here piles of tapes with videos of everybody's life are being stored.
Kiss shows each of his 3 guests scenes that they'd rather not see.
How do they deal with animals, or the ones closest to them?
Cast and crew
Wil van der Meer - tenor (Joseph Kiss), Monique Krüs - soprano (Sofie Vandam), Klara Uleman - mezzosoprano (Hanna Fulca),
Martijn Sanders - baritone (Leo Fulca)
Magogo Chamber Orchestra
Arjan Tien - conductor
Corina van Eijk - director
Do van Stek - God
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