Today, the Theater Magdeburg presents the world première of Die wahre Geschichte von King Kong (The True Story of King Kong), a chamber opera with puppets composed by Jeffrey Ching with a libretto in English by Roscha A. Säidow.
It is the composer's third opera after The Orphan (Erfurt, November 2009) and Before Brabant (Hong Kong, March 2014).
A godlike judge holds the protagonists of the famous story to account before a mythical court to determine the real circumstances of the death of King Kong. The perspectives of what happened are compared in flashbacks, whereby librettist and composer highlight the themes dealt with in the story such as power, corruption, western claims to hegemony and, of course, love, in bizarre fashion, inextricably linking the worlds of opera and puppet theatre in the process. (reproduced from the Theater Magdeburg website)The cast includes soprano Lauren Urquhart (Ann), alto Andion Fernandez (Miranda), tenor Bradley Smith (Denham), bass James Bobby (Kong) and alto Caitlin Redding (Richter). Kiril Stankow conducts the Magdeburgische Philharmonie. Roscha A. Säidow directs.
The venue is the Schauspielhaus.