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Creation or destruction? Prometheus did not want to withhold fire from the people and was severely punished by Zeus for doing so. His 'act of heroism' did provide us with this primal element, which symbolizes creation and love, but also destruction and misery.
In this performance, created by Klaus Bertisch, myth, chaos and creation are beautifully expressed through songs by Poulenc, Wolf, Schubert and others, and a world premiere by Fant de Kanter on a text by Simone Weil. The Dutch speaking texts for actor Krisjan Schellingerhout, baritone André Morsch and mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos come from, among others, Aeschylus, Albert Camus, Gaston Bachelard, H. Marsman, The Bible, Heinrich Heine, Elias Canetti, Stephen Fry and Zbigeniew Herbert.

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) Part 1 Pan from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 (1951)

Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) Part 2 Phaeton from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 (1951)

Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) Part 6 Arethusa from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 (1951)

Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903) Prometheus from Goethe Lieder IHW 10 (1875)                           

André Morsch, baritone
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Tu vois le feu du soir from Miroirs brûlantes FP.98 (1938)

Karin Strobos, mezzo soprano
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Rayons des yeux from La fraîcheur et le feu FP.147 (1950)   

Karin Strobos, mezzo soprano
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Unis la fraîcheur et le feu from La fraîcheur et le feu FP.147 (1950)            

Karin Strobos, mezo soprano
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903) Der Feuerreiter from Mörike Lieder (1922)                        

André Morsch, baritone
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Franz Schreker (1878 – 1934) Das feurige Männlein from Lieder aus der Reifezeit nr.4 (1915)

André Morsch, baritone
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Fant de Kanter (1969) Prométhée (2021, wereldpremière)

Karin Strobos, mezzo soprano
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) Himmelsfunken D.651 (1819)  
André Morsch, baritone
Hans Eijsackers, piano

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1983) Feuerzauber from Der Ring des Nibelungen (1877)  arr. Louis Brassin (1840 – 1884)

Hans Eijsackers, piano

Participants in this performance:
Krisjan Schellingerhout, actor
Klaus Bertisch, dramaturge
Maarten van Grootel, stage manager

The Steinway & Sons grand piano is provided by Pianos Maene Nederland.


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