Today, the National Theater Weimar presents the world première of The Circle, an opera composed by Ludger Vollmer, with a libretto by Tina Hartmann based on the novel by Dave Eggers.
It is the composer's 8th opera after Gegen die Wand (Bremen, November 28, 2008), Lola rennt (Regensburg, February 28, 2013), Crusades (Freiburg, January 21, 2017) and Tschick (Hagen, March 18, 2017).
A young woman named Mae is climbing the career ladder at the company 'The Circle'. She devotes herself wholeheartedly and with great moral cognizance to the new possibilities and the power these give her over other people. But not only does this entail destroying the notion of the 'individual', but also the relationship to one's friends and acquaintances in favour of a community which regulates itself through total transparency. The question is, who profits from this totality ? (reproduced from the Theater website)The cast includes mezzo Sayaka Shigeshima (Mae), soprano Heike Porstein (Annie), baritone Oleksandr Pushniak (Mercer), tenor Jörn Eichler (Francis), bass Daeyoung Kim (Earnon Bailey) and bass baritone Sebastian Kowski (Tom Stenton). Kirill Karabits conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsches National Theater. Andrea Moses directs.
The work is published by Schott Music. The required orchestra is the following :
- 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons ;
- 2 horns, 2 trombones, 2 trumpets, 1 bass tuba ;
- percussion (3 players), including glockenspiel, xylophone and vibraphone ;
- piano (doubling organ and harpsichord), guitar ;
The performance should last about 2 hours and 15 minutes.