Opera By Ernst Krenek
Friday 04 October 2019
Max, an introspective composer who only feels at home when lost in the vast expanse of Alpine glaciers finds both his frozen heart, and his otherworldly sensibilities, challenged by his love for an opera singer, Anita.
Through her he learns how to reconcile himself to the speed and chaos of modern life and the modern metropolis and take control of his own future.
His transformation is symbolised by a sub-plot in which Jonny, an African-American jazz musician steals a valuable violin from the pompous and self-regarding virtuoso Daniello, a symbolic transfer of cultural energy from the Old World to the New.
The opera ends with Max deciding to journey to America and Jonny's jazz music ‘striking up' in exuberant celebration.
Presented by: IOpera