Mittwoch aus Licht

Mittwoch aus Licht - Wednesday from Light
Until 25 August 2013

An opera by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
A new production commissioned for the London 2012 Festival, produced by Birmingham Opera Company.


Stockhausen was a revolutionary figure in 20th century music. His innovation moved composition into new territory embracing the new technology of electronic music and breaking the barriers between musical genres. He has influenced pop, rock and electronic music and his appeal to a very broad young audience sells out the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican as well as large concert halls in Europe, America and the Pacific Rim.  

Of his monumental achievement Licht, (Light) a cycle of 7 operas, one for each day of the week, Mittwoch (Wednesday) is the only part of the cycle he never saw staged.  

Even 5 years after his death the challenge and scale of the piece, in six parts including the Helicopter String Quartet and featuring two choirs, solo instrumentalists, live electronic and acoustic music and a dancing camel, means the piece still awaits its premiere.

"We have individual scenes from Mittwoch aus Licht in very good concert performances. But all attempts to stage Mittwoch aus Licht have not been successful.
I do not want the opera performance to be incomplete"


In August 2012 Mittwoch aus Licht/Wednesday from Light finally hits the stage – or rather a former chemical works in the middle of Birmingham.  Internationally acclaimed opera director Graham Vick has assembled an outstanding artistic team with his unique Birmingham Opera Company featuring some 150 performers. 

Under the musical direction of Stockhausen’s long-time collaborator, Kathinka Pasveer the line-up includes Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra and London Voices with an array of virtuoso orchestral soloists as well as local performers recruited and trained through the company’s award-winning participation programme.

Inspired by and featuring the central figures of Eve, Lucifer and Michael, Licht (Light) explores a spiritual world of world peace and global harmony.  Its powerful vision of harmony between humans and the universe offers a fitting cultural equivalent to the internationalism and the values of the Olympic Games and London 2012.


Argyle Works, Great Barr Street,
Birmingham B9 4EX
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