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Porgy & Bess, Vienna
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Pinakothek der Moderne, München
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....
Just a matter of months after her celebrated opera Infinite Now, which was recently awarded Premiere of the Year by Opernwelt Magazine, a brand new work by Chaya Czernowin is being brought into the world. The cello concerto Guardian was performed in the closing concert of the Donaueschingen Festival on 22 October by the SWR Symphony Orchestra with soloist Séverine Ballon, who will give the work's Luxembourgian premiere on 17 November. But what does the name tell us about the piece? Does it refer to the British newspaper, or rather call to mind protecting angels? The composer laughs at these suggestions, explaining: “Sometimes names are just a source of inspiration. It might be the sound or an association that helps colour what you are doing.”...