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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, agreeble 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
Composer: Benoît Mernier
Adaptation: Frederik Neyrinck
Libretto: Jacques De Decker
Conductor: Filip Rathé
Director: Guy Joosten
Stage, costumes & light: Roel Van Berckelaer
Ensemble: SPECTRA Ensemble
Students of the IOA & the conservatoria of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent & LUCA Leuven.