Love under the Microscope

From life on the front line to the intimacies of love: Chaya Czernowin’s new opera Heart Chamber presents a huge tonal shift from the subject matter of her last project for the stage.

Infinite Now, which premiered with huge success at Opera Vlaanderen in Ghent and Antwerp in 2017, took as its basis the short story Homecoming by Chinese writer Can Xue and Luk Perceval’s play Front – in turn based on Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. In contrast, her new opera, which will be premiered on 15 November 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, is a microscopic examination of the beginning of love.