Arvo Pärt ǀ Robert Wilson: Adam’s Passion

28.09.2015 00:30

Both have been giants in the international scenery of music and arts for decades: Arvo Pärt (born 1935), one of the most played contemporary composers of our time, and Robert Wilson (born 1941), one of the most sought-after stage directors worldwide. Pärt, Estonian, whose compositions stand out due to their clear harmonies and unmistakable beauty, and Wilson, Texan, a Master of Lighting, whose personal experiences function as the motivation and inspiration for his staging.

For the first time ever, Pärt and Wilson collaborate for a joint project, which, due to their contrary biographies and approaches, promises to be one of the most exciting staging events of the upcoming year. An important role in this plays the unusual and spectacular location: The production will take place in a former Soviet submarine factory, the “Noblessner Foundry” located in Tallinn. Robert Wilson will integrate the scenery with its natural, historical setting in the concept. A large stage and “catwalk” of sorts will be constructed in the hall. For the production Arvo Pärt selected some of his most powerful works: “Adam’s Lament,” “Misere” and “Tabula Rasa”. In addition to this, Arvo Pärt is composing a new piece, “Sequentia,” which will be given its world premiere during the stage production “Adam’s Passion.”

The premiere will take place on May 12th, 2015 in Tallinn (with additional performances on the 13th, 14th and 15th of May). Orchestra, choir and soloists will be conducted by Grammy award winner Tõnu Kaljuste, who has already premiered a number of Arvo Pärt’s pieces. Including actors and background actors there will be over 100 participants involved in this project.

Accentus Music will be producing this extraordinary staging exclusively in cooperation with ERR and Eesti Kontsert.

Staged by Robert Wilson ▪ Directed for TV by Andy Sommer

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