Mittwoch aus Licht

PAST EVENT
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"

Stockhausen

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.

Location

Argyle Works, Great Barr Street,
Birmingham B9 4EX
Further information/website www.birminghamopera.org.uk

Festivals & events

Essentials

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More

FROM TWITTER

RT @ClareParslow: There's the winner of the #AegonClassic 2017 - congratulations Petra Kvitova @visit_bham yet another fantastic event in #…

RT @RofutoTweets: Our #graduation menu is £25 for two courses plus a complimentary bottle of prosecco when 4 or more people dine! https://t

RT @BhamCityCouncil: Star-studded #AegonClassic continues @EdgbastonPriory until 25 June. Another gr8 #sportbrum event & #brumbid2022 showc…

Sporting highlights

Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More

Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More

Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More

Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More

Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More

Featured Itineraries