Dutch National Opera presents

Das Jagdgewehr THOMAS LARCHER (1963)

LOVE, DEATH AND LONELINESS

Duration 1:45

Breaks 0

By Larcher

Das Jagdgewehr is based on the Japanese writer Yashushi Inoue’s ‘eponymous’ debut novel of 1949. The tragic and meticulously told love story about three women is framed around their letters, which tell a tale of romance, secrets and betrayal.

Plot

The three main characters of Das Jagdgewehr are Midori, the betrayed wife; Saiko, her husband’s mistress; and Saiko’s daughter Shoko, who learns of the affair shortly before her mother’s death.

Shoko writes: ‘() How could I have imagined a love that stretches deep beneath the earth, a love like a subterranean river of which no one knows where it begins or ends.

Each letter adds a new facet to the tale of an impossible love. The title’s hunter, Josuke Misugi, is the lover and bearer of the letters, who tells the story of love, death and loneliness in carefully chosen words.

Team and cast

 

Japanese aesthetic
Director Karl Markovics and designer Katharina Woppermann create a world inspired by the Japanese aesthetic, brought to life in bright yellow, peacock blue and vibrant red. Thomas Larcher's evocative and richly hued score opens with mysterious percussive susurration underlaid by the chorus.

Composer Thomas Larcher:
When I first read the story of Das Jagdgewehr, I was instantly captivated by its timelessness. It centres on the illusions we cultivate in almost every relationship and the ultimate profound loneliness inherent in being human. () The music is a counterpoint to the storys superficial serenity, subtly reflecting the charactersturbulent emotions. Like many Japanese texts, Das Jagdgewehr has a ritual aspect. The chorus of seven voices spatially amplifies the solo instruments.

Ensemble Modern
Ensemble Modern is a leading contemporary music ensemble formed in Frankfurt in 1980. It performs a programme of some 70 new works each season, including 20 world premières, working closely with the original composers.

Das Jagdgewehr
Chamber opera in 3 acts

Libretto
Friederike Gösweiner,
after the novel of Yasushi Inoue
World premiere
Bregenzer Festspiele
15 August 2018

Das Jagdgewehr is a production of the Bregenzer Festival in collaboration with Ensemble Modern. Composition assignment of the Bregenzer Festival.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director
Michael Boder
Stage Director and Video
Karl Markovics
Stage Designer
Katharina Wöppermann
Lighting Designer
Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturgy
Olaf A. Schmitt
Sound Direction
Norbert Ommer
Orchestra
Ensemble Modern
Chorus
Schola Heidelberg
Chorus Master
Walter Nussbaum
Shoko
Sarah Aristidou
Midori
Giulia Peri
Saiko
Olivia Vermeulen
Dichter
n.n.b.
Josuke Misugi
Andrèn Schuen
    Thu 31 Jan Das Jagdgewehr - The Guardian, 2018

    'The remarkable visual language and the magnificent score of great beauty and originality ensure the success of this opera'

    Thu 31 Jan Das Jagdgewehr - Financial Times, 2018

    ‘Explosive intensity’