Today, the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents the world première of Heart Chamber, an opera composed by Chaya Czernowin with her own libretto in English.
It is the composer's fifth opera after, among others, Pnima... ins Innere (Munich, May 10, 2000), Zaïde / Adama (Salzburg, August 17, 2006) and Infinite now (Antwerp, April 18, 2017).
The opera 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 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. (reproduced from the Deutsche Oper Berlin website)The cast includes soprano Patrizia Ciofi (She), baritone Dietrich Henschel (He), contralto Noa Frenkel (Her Internal Voice) and countertenor Terry Wey (His Internal Voice). Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as the soloists of the Ensemble Nikel. Claus Guth directs.
The performance should last 90 minutes. No interval.