Today, Isidora Zebeljan's new opera, Nahod Simon (Simon the Foundling), with a libretto by Borislav Čičovački after a Serbian popular tale, will be performed in Gelsenkirchen, at the Musiktheater im Revier.
It is Isidora Zebeljan's fourth opera, after Zora D. (Amsterdam, 2003), The Marathon (Bregenz, 2008) and Two Heads and a Girl (Sienna, 2012).
Simon is a foundling. Monks found him as a baby like Moses, in a floating basket. At the age of 15, when other children his age call him a bastard, the abbot of the monastery handed him a letter and a gold coin, that where lying in the basket with him. The search for his parents is a resteless, crazy and laborious journey through an inhospitable Diaspora. (freely translated from the opera house website)The cast includes Piotr Prochera (Simon), Gudrun Pelker (Ana), Anke Sieloff, Noriko Ogawa-Yatake, Joachim G. Maass, William Saetre and Dong-Won Seo. Valtteri Rauhalammi conducts and Michiel Dijkema directs.