Current to "The Letter of Life"
On 3rd May, 2009, excerpts from the Letter of Life were heard in the Ebertbad in Oberhausen. Four pieces were played - by the Free Orchestra Oberhausen under the direction of Rolf Donner.
In addition to the scenic representation by Eva Koch, Dennis Treiblmair and Deniz Fingskes a specially made by me stage design underlined the performance.
A new kind of musical
An "opera musical" is a mixture of old and new, traditional and modern, and appeals to both musical lovers and classic music lovers. In addition to rock and pop music, intermezzi and arias are also included, which together form a completely new connection. "The Letter of Life" is inspired by A. L. Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" and goes one step further towards musical drama.
"The Letter of Life" is a story that deals with the decision that every modern person has to make; do I choose to interpret my life in terms of humanity, and to regard friendships as the highest good, or do I choose the path of wealth and career?
Both standpoints are the maxim of our society, but which leads to happiness? Compatible with each other, these views are difficult, and so it is this decision that everyone is asked.
The harder the decision, the harder the consequences, as it quickly turns out in this story.
The two aspects of human life are reflected everywhere in the opera musical, so that even the musical mix of elements from veristic opera and modern rock pop musical clarifies this. At the same time, the mixture of set design, action and music contains far more topics than it first appears.
The play begins in a small room with Belénus, a sensitive and always optimistic character, and his brother Damian, who as a successful merchant rather represents a rational philosophy of life. The two can not agree on what decision a man would make if he had the choice to choose money or friendship, so Damian writes a letter requesting the finder of the letter to make that decision and each after redeeming money from Damian, or friendship from Belénus at appointed venues. Damian sends Belénus to hide the letter in a rarely visited place, whereupon he selects the ruins of an old cathedral.
Long time later, Diana finds the letter as she seeks refuge from her violent husband. Since she is now completely destitute, she faces a difficult decision, because she could use both ...
The small room: wood-paneled room in the style of the 19th century. with desk and chair
The cathedral: A half-ruined outer wall with tall gothic columns and windows
The café: Urban sidewalk café with delicate tables and chairs outside
The hill: On it stands an old, gnarled oak with only one leaf hanging from it.
Flutes (with Piccolo)
Drums (HighHat, SnareDrum, BaseDrum)
Guitar (Classical Guitar and Electric Guitar, distorted)
Violin 1 and 2
Balor: Text only