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29. Nov


Heart Chamber

Chaya Czernowin (*1957)

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[An inquiry about love]
Text by Chaya Czernowin
First performed on 15. November, 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Recommended from 15 years on

In English language with German and English surtitles

approx. 90 mins / no interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

About the performance

HEART CHAMBER is the name of Chaya Czernowin's latest musical theatre piece, and she aims to delve as deep as she can. She continues the centuries-old opera tradition of always prioritising the heart and its excitations. Czernowin is conducting an "examination of love" in the 21st century, addressing the romantic sense of love with doubt and destruction while hoping for a utopia of love. At the centre of HEART CHAMBER is a loving relationship between two people and the forces that result from it: they alternate between attraction and repulsion, between the longing to melt into one another and the desire for independence. Chaya Czernowin writes an opera about the smallest and biggest moments in the meeting of two hearts. In HEART CHAMBER their stirrings can be sent through the room as fragile sounds, characters themselves. Or they build up into voluminous clouds of orchestra and electronics to then unload into a violent rush of sound.

Chaya Czernowin's premieres in musical theatre have always been celebrated as special events: both PNIMA ... INS INNERE in 2000 and INFINITE NOW 17 years later were named "Premieres of the Year" by critics for the publication “Opernwelt”. A frequent congenial partner through all this has been director Claus Guth who, after PNIMA and ZAIDE/ADAMA which premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2005, is now staging a new work by Chaya Czernowin for the third time with HEART CHAMBER.

Our thanks to our partners

Composition commission by Deutsche Oper Berlin supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.
Presented by taz, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, field notes and Fleurop



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