Spielzeit 26.08. - 09.10.

Moses und Aron

Opera by Arnold Schönberg, Libretto by the composer.

New production
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Andreas Grüter
Jo Siska
Sound Designer
Holger Schwark, Stefan Holtz
Johannes Grebert
22. August 2009
25., 28., 30. August, 2. September
The introduction begins 45 minutes prior to the start of the event

One of the greatest revolutions in the history of mankind happened around 3000 years ago: the transition from polytheism to monotheism through the prophet Moses. God revealed himself directly to Moses, instructing him in absolute truth. Moses was charged with leading the people of Israel to the Promised Land and escaping from Egyptian slavery. Moses came to embody the relationship between the human and divine truth.

God’s call to Moses presented a new idea that exploded all previous religious concepts: ‘One God – unique, eternal, intangible, inconceivable’. Moses understands this concept, but is unable to express it, and therefore God appoints Moses’ brother Aaron as his spokesman. They are bound to fail: Aaron can only approach sharing the idea by compromising its meaning, whilst Moses is left to search fruitlessly for “the word I lack …”

When Arnold Schönberg composed what he regarded as the dramatisation of his religious beliefs, he felt as though he was himself a Moses of the art world. “Endowed with a sense of mission”, Schönberg continually reflected on how “to make the unfathomable, fathomable”.

The operatic staging of this extraordinary idea by Hans Mayer involves scenic visions that make demands on stage machinery way beyond the boundaries of possibility. The impact of his grandiose composition is a deeply religious debate, uncompromising, radical and forthright.

Produced by the Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia. Kindly supported by the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Ruhrtriennale.