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Frühlings Erwachen

Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening masterfully describes the problems of adolescent youth: their budding sexuality, their opposition to teachers and parents, their pursuit of new ideals, and of a different and better world.
A process that does not always run smoothly. ‘The old, agreeable pilgrimage of life, which was to serve as an extended entrance exam for a better world, has now become a continuous race, with obstacles and traps,’ says Wedekind. We narrate this story in a contemporary setting.
The opera of Benoît Mernier – created in La Monnaie in 2007 – was edited by Frederik Neyrinck commissioned by SPECTRA Ensemble.

Coproduction: International Opera Academy & SPECTRA Ensemble.


  • Minardschouwburg, Gent - 30 & 31 January 2015, 1 February 2015
  • CC Hasselt, Hasselt - 26 May 2015
  • Flagey, Brussels - 30 May 2015
  • Opera Antwerp, Antwerp - 10 June 2015


Artistic team

Composer: Benoît Mernier
Adaptation: Frederik Neyrinck
Libretto: Jacques De Decker
Conductor: Filip Rathé
Director: Guy Joosten
Stage, costumes & light: Roel Van Berckelaer


Students of the IOA & the conservatoria of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent & LUCA Leuven.

Ensemle: SPECTRA


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